Helmets in Bangalore

A helmet is an important accessory the world over. After many a death, it finally has become mandatory and law in Bangalore. There was so much of dithering over this, that it wasnt funny! But finally the helmets are here to stay. Or atleast, lets hope so.

There are curious scenes to spot on the road these days. Where the helmet is now an attachment to the bike to be worn when a policeman is spotted. The Times of India found a policeman without one, and splashed a front page photograph. The cops fined the cop the next day !

And guess what, the police department has earned in lakhs, just by levying fines on those who do not wear a helmet. In six-seven days, thats some number to see ! At the rate of Rs. 100/- for a first offence (of not wearing a helmet) and Rs. 300 for a second one!

As the campaigns intensify to spread the awareness, i wonder why people dont wear a helmet. The hair getting ruffled, hair-fall, suffocation etc, all are answers that have been thrown at me. I was left gaping when a colleague said, “Gods given me a good face. Why should cover it up with the helmet ?”

Another colleague said, quietly, “I wish he gave some brains to go along with the face pal.” I nodded in vigorous support !

Three cheers to the helmet.

15 thoughts on “Helmets in Bangalore

  1. preethi says:

    Totally with you on this.

    Should have told that colleague of yours that his face wouldn’t look so good without his head!

  2. V N says:

    What an awesome ad that is!!

  3. Keshi says:

    thats great and I agree with ya.


  4. that is surely a good turning. Its compulsory here with a fine up to 3000 rupess sar. The helmet saves life!

  5. Anonymous says:

    did you see ponnappa’s toon – the one where the dad wears the helmet and the mom and 3 kids are without it? says a lot..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow! thats a lot of money that the govt have earned…BTW your colleague was spot on 🙂
    I too never used to wear helmet because I was riding a scooter 🙂 Doesnt go along well… But started wearing helmet after getting a bike 🙂

  7. Kavi,

    Surprised to know that wearing helmet was not compulsory all these days in Karnataka. I remember in early 80’s it was compulsory and I used to look at the motorists surprisingly, since at that time wearing helmet in Chennai was not compulsory. Anyhow, glad that it has been made now. Whenever I read about helmets, I remember Dr.Ramamurthy a famous neuro surgeon told in a TV interview that he had seen many lives dying while brought to him, and they would have been saved if they had worn a helmet. As long as I was there in Chennai, this statement made me to wear helmet, whenever I took my motorcycle.

  8. GuNs says:

    Most of the arguments against helmets are pretty stupid. BEsides the obvious benefits, I find helmets help to save my eyes from the dust while driving and also my ears from the unwanted honking and noise. The amount of black carbon deposit on my face after an hour of riding also goes down QUITE a bit if I wear a helmet.

    With all these advantages, I dont understand who wouldnt want to wear one.

    Sometimes its absurd to wear a helmet when you are only going to the shop a few buildings away on a non-crowded road. I think the most logical way to START this is to make helmets on highways compulsory. That is a lot better than a blanket rule on every road in the city which noone will follow because of the aforesaid absurdity involved.


  9. Anonymous says:


    mindware (where?)


  10. priya says:

    Know wat, it is compulsory in calcutta. If you do not wear, you are fined. Here even people whi ride bicycles wear hemet then why not for bikes. Safety is always first and then comes pleasure.

  11. that was an awesome ad indeed.. not to distract, but ads are really good these days in india..

    the helmet issue in India and the seat belt issue in US have been around for as long as I remember..

    lets just say it is darwinism at its best.. survival of the smartest!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Totally with you on this. I wonder why people make such a big fuss out of it. Isn’t that there for their own safety?

    To be very frank.. I also bitched about it when I was in college! But now I have understood the omportance of it and I always make it a point to wear one. WHether it is law or not 🙂

    Tell your friend, it helps in controlling the tan on the face..;-) he/she might take it!

  13. Right words Kavi! BTW did ur friend hear that comment?

    Ironical as it may seem but we do not value our own safety & value looks over safety! Sadly we need rules!!

    Good its compulsory esp. in Bangalore with traffic growing by the second!


  14. Kavi says:

    thansk for all comments!

    Well, the helmet is here and is here to stay. As Rashmi says, we do not value our safety. When you buy a bike, you cannot register it, unless you have insurance ! If you can protect your bike, for godsake, you must be out of your head, not to buy some insurance for your head !

  15. bellur says:

    i would have appreiated if you had put the source from where you flicked the ad.
    take care and best wishes
    (the designer of the above ad)

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