Helmets are compulsory even in Laamu Link Road

File photo of the link road on L. Atoll, commonly known as the Laamu Link Road. (File Photo/Sun/Fathimath Saeed)

With the new amendment to Section I of the Regulation on Speed Limit for Land Vehicles, helmets have to be worn while traveling in Sina-Male’ Bridge, Hulhumale' Highway and L. Atoll Link Road.

With the introduction of the new regulation driving without helmets on the Sina-Male’ Bridge, Male’ City ring road and L. Atoll Link Road has been banned since March 10, and imposition of penalties for violations took effect on April 1.

Transport Ministry held a special program to distribute helmets in L. Atoll.

According to the new amendment, those driving in vehicles registered in “A1” and “A0” category and those in the passenger seat should wear the helmet while driving in areas exceeding the speed limit of 30km per hour – Sina-Male’ Bridge, Male City ring road and L. Atoll Link Road.

Using helmets had previously been optional but highly encouraged by both Transport Authority and Maldives Police Service. Helmets were mandatory in Addu City ring road even before the amendments.

Disastrous accidents have occurred in Sina-Male’ Bridge, Male City ring road and Addu City ring road as a result of high-speed driving