25 Jan 2018

Few comply with Wallis and Futuna helmet law, prompting a crackdown

5:45 am on 25 January 2018
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The authorities in Wallis and Futuna will enforce a helmet law from 1 April after motorbike riders largely ignored the requirement to protect themselves.

Since last July, motorbike riders have to wear a helmet.

The public broadcaster says until the end of March, anyone caught without a helmet will have to present a proof of purchase of a helmet to the police and the fine will be waived.

Anyone caught twice and anyone stopped without a helmet after 1 April will be fined US$50.

Retailers said they had stocked hundreds of helmets but only sold a few dozen.