No riding pillion on bikes less than 100cc

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 24, 2017

The state government of Karnataka will soon ban pillion riding on two-wheelers having an engine capacity of less than 100 cc with an eye on safety. If at all it is registered, then pillion seat should be removed. The State government has already filed an affidavit in the High Court, where an official circular is expected to roll out in a week's time.

This ban is being brought in the interests of the safety of pillion riders who are often victims of road accidents, reports Bangalore Mirror. The Department will stop conceding the "type approval certificate" to the manufacturers which assign the sale of the two-wheelers possessing a pillion seats even with less than 100cc engines. While hearing a case recently, the court had cited the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, and said: "The transport department should not register vehicles below 100cc with a pillion seat and should not permit use of said vehicles with a pillion being permitted to travel on the same, which would be in clear violation of Rule 143 (3) of the KMV Rules".

Karnataka's Transport Minister HM Revanna told Bangalore Mirror that the government is only complying with the Motor Vehicles Act.

Transport Commissioner B Dayananda said the notification will be effective for new vehicles and the government does not intend to apply the rules on old registered vehicles. Additionally, bikes with pillion riders can not be "permitted to travel" as it would violate the Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.

He also added that a proposal will be mooted to reduce the limit from 100cc to 50cc as he said that "many agencies have certified that new bikes which are less than 100cc engine capacity are created to carry pillion riders. Responding to the HC's direction, we filed an affidavit that we will comply with the Motor Vehicles Act, which does not allow pillion riding on bikes up to 100cc".

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