Parisar’s study on helmet compliance in Pimpri Chinchwad area underlines an immediate need for strict enforcement of the helmet rule.

A survey carried out by Parisar in February 2019 in Pimpri Chinchwad area which covered total 3950 (3195 single riders and 755 double riders) showed the usage of helmets at 38%, a shocking indicator of how callously road safety is adhered to.

Helmet compliance survey in PCMC

Single rider helmet compliance was at 49% and in cases where the rider was carrying a passenger, it was 30%. It was a shocking revelation that the pillion rider compliance was an abysmal 2.12%.

PCMC Police claims that they have been nabbing helmetless riders and that they are being fined strictly, the numbers tell a different story. Data received under an RTI filed by Parisar reveals that a mere 4,130 helmetless riders have been fined from October 2018 to March 2019 by the PCMC Police whereas the Pune Police has fined 4,89,149 riders from 1st January to 15th March 2019. This comes to 22 riders per day for PCMC compared to 6,610 per day for Pune.

Parisar issued a press note highlighting this which can be found here.


Dinesh Mohan publishes paper on Road Safety as a rights based issue


Morbidity and mortality due to road traffic injuries (RTI) is one of the few public health problems where society and decision makers still accept death and disability on such a large scale as inevitable. Discussion only revolves around the number of deaths and injuries we are willing to accept. The partial departure from this mode of thinking is ‘Vision Zero’ for road safety that was adopted by the Swedish parliament in 1997. The long-term objective is that no one shall be killed or seriously injured in traffic and that the design, function and use of the transport system shall be adapted to the standards this requires. In this article we try to understand the concept of RTI as a public health problem and why that understanding has led to the introduction of Vison Zero and then sporadic attempts to establish road safety as a fundamental human right. We provide some details surrounding these events, the reasons for their limited success, and suggest ways in how we might move forward in establishing a place for rights and obligations to ensure road safety in reality.

Helmet compliance study shows dismal results

New study shows helmet rule compliance at a dismal 16%, only 1.94% pillion riders wear a helmet.
Against the backdrop of the Motor Vehicles (Amendments) Bill 2017 that got passed in the Lok Sabha which emphasizes stricter penalties for violations, we undertook a sample survey to determine the helmet compliance rate in the city which shows that only 16% wore helmets, and an even worse 1.94% of pillion riders complied to the helmet rule.