In case of Mohanan V.V State Of Kerala 2023 (ker) 287

The Kerala High Court has held that illness is no ground to seek exemption from wearing helmets while reading two wheelers.
The bench of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan  held : “I am of the considered opinion that, there cannot be any exemption to a citizen from wearing helmet while driving or riding a two wheeler. If the petitioners are suffering from any illness which disable them from wearing helmets, they have to abandon their two wheeler ride. They cannot avoid helmet in such situation while driving or riding. Wearing of helmet while riding a two wheeler is to protect the life of the citizen.”

The Petitioners had sought for directions to the Kerala State Police Chief and the Transport Commissioner to grant them exemption. However, the Court referred to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Rule 347 of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and observed that it is mandatory for the rider and the pillion rider of a two wheeler to wear helmets. The Petitioners cannot escape from the AI cameras and violate the law, the Court observed.

“Protection of the life of the citizen is the duty of the State. Therefore, there cannot be any exemption to the petitioners in wearing helmets, stating that they are suffering from some illness. There is no fundamental right to a citizen to use two wheelers without following the rules of the rules of the land. There is public transport facility and private transport facility available in the State. If the petitioners are suffering from illness, they can use the same. They cannot violate the law and ride two wheelers without helmets and escape from the AI cameras,” the Court observed.

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