Earlier, Dhaka and Barisal police also followed Rangpur’s example
Taking cue from Rangpur, Dhaka and Barisal, police in Feni have also started the “no helmet, no petrol” campaign.
Police in the Feni town on Wednesday greeted with flowers the motorcyclists who wore helmets and had proper documents of their vehicles.
On the other hand, vehicles with no proper documents were impound.
Many motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets were seen going back from filling stations without getting petrol.
District traffic police In-Charge Mir Golam Faruk told the Dhaka Tribune: “The filling station owners have been instructed not to give petrol to bikers without helmets. Police took the decision to raise awareness and reduce road accidents.”
Hazi Nazir Ahmed Filling Station owner Noor Uddin confirmed his remarks, saying: “We are following police’sinstruction and not selling fuel to bikers without helmets.”
There are 18 petrol stations in Fenitown, from where thousands of motorcyclists get the fuel every day.
On Saturday evening, Rangpur police administration and Petrol Pump Owners’ Association decided to stop selling fuel to motorcycle riders without helmet.
The campaign began on Sunday morning with policemen deployed at petrol pumps and other important areas of the city to implement the decision.
Police also seized the motorbikes of riders who were not wearing helmets only letting the bikes go after owners brought their helmets.
The campaign drew mixed reactions from the citizens, but most welcomed it.
On Tuesday, police in Dhaka and Barisal also kicked off similar campaigns in the two cities.