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helmet issue

Hi there, does anyone know in which Indian states helmets compulsory ? I know they are in Goa. States I wonna go are Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka.
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Are you considering not wearing one in Indian traffic? I'd wear one on the bus!

The law doesn't stop you wearing one and coppers the world over will find an excuse to stop you for one thing or another (or not) as they feel like it. Wear a helmet and find a bad cop and you get done for a tail light that wasn't working when he looked (but is now). Find a good cop with no helmet and he'll tell you to get one before he see's you again.

Wear the helmet for your own safety and let the lawyers argue the rest IMHO.

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Freedon of choice!

I am a great believer in freedoms for everyone with the least possible enforcements of laws and regulations.... but i gotta agree with Andy on this, India is one scary place to ride a motorbike! On a bike, you are at the very bottom of the automotive food chain and this is reflected how everything else on the road interacts with you, be they trucks, buses, cars, people, cows, pot holes and even people on bicycles!

Your choice, but i know what i would do, regardless, enjoy India, it is a fantastic place.
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Hi

Whilst riding around India I ditched my motorcycle suit as the heat was too intens so chose to ride in jeans and t-shirt BUT I always wore a helmet and boots as not only are you at the bottem of the food chain on a bike when it comes to traffic laws but I wouldn't want to end up in a hospital in India with a massive head injury.

Having spent a few months working in both a goverment and private hospital in India, I know that you would not want to end up there.
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