No helmet, no fuel: Dhaka and Barisal follow Rangpur’s example

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Under the campaign, filling stations will not supply fuel to motorcycle riders who do not have a helmet with them

The “no helmet, no fuel” campaign, which began in Rangpur on Sunday, has now spread to Dhaka and Barisal.

The campaign was implemented in the two cities yesterday.

Under the campaign, filling stations will not supply fuel to motorcycle riders who do not have a helmet with them.

The move comes a month after students held nationwide protests for safer roads – enforcing traffic laws, checking licences and papers, and forcing motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Hundreds of drivers had cases filed against them during the protests.

In Dhaka, the matter was confirmed by DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference organized at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Media Centre on Tuesday, for the month-long traffic management program, he also said: “We have already spoken to filling station owners and they have promised us they will not sell fuel to motorcycle riders unless they have a helmet.”

In Barisal, metropolitan police Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Khairul Alam said: “Fuel traders have agreed to participate in the campaign and not sell fuel to motorcycle riders who do not have the necessary protective gear. Helmets protect riders and passengers from head injuries and will reduce the number of lives lost in road accidents.”

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