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Madhya Pradesh traffic police bans covering face while driving

The Madhya Pradesh traffic police has clamped down on two-wheeler riders who cover their faces, by saying that it flouts the Motor Vehicles Act.

Bhopal, May 12 : The Madhya Pradesh traffic police has clamped down on two-wheeler riders who cover their faces, by saying that it flouts the Motor Vehicles Act.

The State traffic police have imposed a ban on cloth coverings that hide the face of the two-wheeler riders.

According to the police, covering of the face while driving is a violation of the Motor Vehicles Act.

"Covering your face while driving is banned under the Motor Vehicles Act. It is an offence and strict action will be taken against the offenders. For those who want to cover their faces for protection (against the sun and wind) should wear helmets instead, that is the law. Those who flout these directions will have to face legal consequences," said Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Director General of Police.

While police officials say they had warned motorists of the regulation, female riders are still resentful.

"Everyone covers their face for safety reasons. It isn't like this is a fashion. We tie a cloth over our faces to protect ourselves from the sun," said Prachi, a student.

The girls believe such a regulation is in violation to their human rights.

"No, I definitely don't appreciate it (the new directive by the police). We will oppose it. If someone stops us, we will try and explain the situation to them. But nobody is willing to understand our plight. They see it as a wrongdoing instead," said Lankaratna, a working professional.

The ban has been imposed in the wake of increasing number of road accidents, eve-teasing, and robbery in the city.

The police say enforcing the ban will prevent these incidents to a great extent.

ANI

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