In October 2017, the government had announced discounts on Petrol & Diesel if the payment is made through the BHIM app or by swiping a card at a petrol pump. But can mobile e-wallets be used inside a petrol pump? What do the rules say?
The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) announced discount on Petrol & Diesel if one were to pay using the BHIM app or swipe a card for payment.
But can we use the mobile inside a petrol pump to make payments? What do the rules say? Do they demarcate an area where mobile phones cannot be used?
What are these rules?
The Petroleum Rules 2002 lay down norms & standards to protect the public from danger arising from the import, transport, storage, production, refining or blending of petroleum. Among other things, the rules also demarcate hazardous zones around a petroleum retail outlet, commonly known as the petrol pump. Rule 103 of the above mentioned rules define hazardous area as an area where
Petroleum having flash point below 650 C or any inflammable gas or vapour in a concentration capable of ignition is likely to be present.
Petroleum or any inflammable liquid having flash point above 650 C is likely to be refined, blended, handled, stored at above its flash point.
Further, rule 104 classifies the hazardous areas into 3 types.
A ZONE 0 area, if inflammable gas or vapours are expected to be continuously present in the area
A ZONE 1 area, if inflammable gases or vapours are likely to be present in the area under normal operating conditions
A ZONE 2 area, if inflammable gases or vapours are likely to be present in the area only
under abnormal operating conditions or failure or rupture of an equipment
What is the extent of these Zones?
The petroleum rules also define the extent of these zones
ZONE 0 is usually the underground tank area where petroleum is stored
ZONE 1 is the area 1.2 meters vertically above the base within the cabinet enclosure and 45 cms horizontally in all directions
ZONE 2 is the area between 45 cms and 6 meters of the cabinet extending 45 cms vertically above the floor/grade level.
POS Units & Mobile e-wallets cannot be used within these zones
The Petroleum & Explosives safety organization had written to the government in December 2016 clarifying that there would be no objection for the use of POS units & mobile e-wallets beyond the hazardous areas. But they cannot be used within these hazardous areas. The letter also says that Zone 1 should be prominently marked in petrol pumps.
What can you do?
The next time you visit a petrol pump, check if Zone 1 is prominently marked. Take it up with the petrol pump operator and ensure the markings are made. Also check if POS units and mobile e-wallets are being used within the hazardous areas.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.