Herald: Two-wheeler with attached umbrella can pose a danger
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Two-wheeler with attached umbrella can pose a danger

19 Jun 2017 05:50am IST

Report by
Citizen Adelmo Fernandes Vasco

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19 Jun 2017 05:50am IST

Report by
Citizen Adelmo Fernandes Vasco

Normally the rain gear one would wear while riding a two-wheeler would be a rain-coat. But now it seems that the emerging trend is to have an umbrella attached to the two-wheeler. Such an attachment was visible on several bikes and scooter during the summer season to protect the two-wheeler rider from the hot sun.

Now it is being used to protect the rider from the rains. There are several questions that arise. It seems that there is no clause in the Motor Vehicle Act that allows the new umbrella attachment and there is no provision under the Act to have a cover for a two-wheeler. Any alterations and modifications in the vehicle that exceeded its permitted space and capacity will have to have an endorsement from the RTO, according to motor vehicle rules.

Does the umbrella attachment have an endorsement from the RTO? Is it not dangerous to have an umbrella attached to the two-wheeler? It is pertinent to note that such a modification may disturb other vehicle riders and pedestrians. The umbrellas can obstruct the view of the vehicle coming from behind. A gust of wind during the rainy season can push the vehicle off-balance. Those having an umbrella attached may not be able to speed beyond a particular limit as it can prove dangerous. Hence is it proper to allow two-wheeler owners to have such umbrella attachment for their vehicles?
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