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No helmet, no petrol: Rangpur police kick off an unconventional campaign

  • Published at 10:02 am September 3rd, 2018
Rangpur police kick off an unconventional campaign
A policeman deployed at a petrol pump in Rangpur for the ‘No helmet, no petrol’ campaign by Rangpur police on Sunday, September 2, 2018 Liakat Ali Badal/Dhaka Tribune

The decision was taken at a meeting with the Rangpur Police Administration and the Petrol Pump Owners’ Association at the police super’s office on Saturday evening

Rangpur police has announced a campaign “No helmet, no petrol” which means petrol pump authorities will not sell any petrol to motorcyclists without helmets.

The decision was taken at a meeting with the Rangpur Police Administration and the Petrol Pump Owners’ Association at the police super’s office on Saturday evening.

Rangpur police has started the campaign to influence motorcyclists to wear helmets to protect them from accidents.

A biker is stopped for not wearing a helmet in Rangpur on Sunday, September 2, 2018 | Liakat Ali Badal/Dhaka Tribune

Policemen have been deployed at a few petrol pumps and other important areas in the city from Sunday morning. Police have also seized motorbikes without helmets. They are only letting the bikers go after their helmet is brought.

A petrol pump manager Abul Kalam said: " As per the direction of the police, we are not selling fuel to bikers who are not carrying helmets with them.”

But an employee of the same petrol pump Momtaz Miah said: “There are some retail shopkeepers in the city who sells fuel to everyone.. The police should take action against these shops as well.”

The announcement also drew mixed reactions from the residents but most people have welcomed the campaign.

Sub-inspector, Abdullah: "We want to send out the message that riding with helmets is safer and helps you survive accidents. We received positive response from people for this campaign."

A man puts a helmet on a biker in Rangpur for safety awareness on Sunday, September 2, 2018 | Liakat Ali Badal/Dhaka Tribune

Rangpur Additional Police Superintendent (SP) Saifur Rahman, who initiated the campaign said: "Most bikers without helmets die when they meet with any accident. This campaign will continue in different areas of Rangpur."

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