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Transport ministry to provide 5,000 free helmets

20 February 2019, MVT 21:41
Drivers on Sinamale' bridge. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
20 February 2019, MVT 21:41

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula, announced Tuesday that free helmets will be provided by the government for those who complete a short course organised by the ministry.

Speaking at the “Raajje Miadhu-Maldives today” programme aired by state-run Public Service Media (PSM), Minster Nahula said that the transport ministry has arranged a 3-4 hour course. Those in need of helmets can sign up for the course now and they will receive a helmet after completing the programme.

However, the starting date of the course has not been revealed by the ministry yet.

Minister Nahula stated that the course will be based on raising awareness on road safety. Participants will also be taught how to act in case of an accident and how to treat the injured at the scene.

“Those taking part in the course will acquire a great deal of information. After completing the course, helmets will be provided to them".

Furthermore, Nahula stated that helmets will be also provided to islands outside the capital city, although it will be dependent upon the population of each island.

Distribution of 5,000 helmets is one of the pledges to be completed within the first 100 days of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government. The government is currently seeking a supplier for these helmets.

As of now, helmets are mandatory only on Addu City's Link Road.

Following numerous accidents that have occurred along the Sinamale’ Bridge, the government decided to make helmets mandatory on the bridge and its connecting highway from March 10 onwards.