PIL filed seeking ban on registration of motorcycles

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Mumbai, Jan 20 (UNI) A Jabalpur-based retired Defence Ministry official has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay high Court, seeking a ban on registration of motorcycles in Maharashtra.

Mr Gyan Prakash has made Bajaj Auto Limited, Union Government and the Maharashtra Government as respondents. He is the founder President of the forum for Traffic safety and Environmental sanitation.

He has pleaded for directing the state government, under section 45 of the Motors Vehicle (MV) Act, not to register motorcycles and also stop the sale of unsafe motorcycles under section 191 of the MV Act.

His PIL also seeks Court's directives to the motorcycle manufacturers and dealers to provide protective device, covering not less than half of the rear wheel and a permanent hand grip for pillion riders in their motorcycles, citing Maharashtra Motor Vehicle (MMV) rule 166 (4).

The particular rule states that the rear wheel should have a protective device, covering not less than two-third of the rear wheel.

''For the safety of motorcycle riders, the Central and the State government have framed rules under section 128 of MV Act, for compliance during construction and manufacture, but all manufacturers and dealers are violating the law by endangering lives of riders by not providing device covering not less than half of the rear wheel and a permanent handgrip for pillion riders,'' the petition states.

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