The new Motor Vehicles Act was followed by huge uproar over hefty fine amounts. People have protested against the new act and one person in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area even went on to burn down his two-wheeler. But, on the other hand there are a few peolple in Gujarat who offered prayers to Lord Ganesh wearing helmets to send out a message urging people to follow traffic rules.
People hailing from Surat, Gujarat offered prayers to Lord Ganesh during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi wearing helmets.
Residents of Nandni Society in Surat, wearing helmets, offered prayers to Lord Ganesh before the idol immersion ritual.
The move had a purpose – to appeal to people to wear helmets to keep themselves safe while riding two-wheelers.
Resident of the society Kusum Kothari said, “We pray to Ganesh to protect us. So, everyone should wear helmets to avoid any untoward incident while riding motorbikes.”
The Gujarat government, two days ago, announced a reduction in the fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act. Under the new fine structure in the state, the penalty for not wearing a helmet has been brought down to Rs 500, which is Rs 1,000 under the new Motor Vehicles Act.