The Madras High Court Monday directed the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking regulations against riders and bike vloggers, who drive their bikes in a rash and dangerous manner on public streets [M Vignesh v. The Chief Secretary and others]. .The PIL, filed by a lawyer M Vignesh, also sought directions to the State to come up with Rules to prevent the use of modified or altered bikes without requisite permission from the Regional Transport Officer (RTO). A bench of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and Justice D Krishnakumar directed the State to file its reply within four weeks. The petitioner contended that Tamil Nadu had seen a "humongous increase" in cases of rash and negligent driving cases over the past five years. He said that one of the reasons behind such rise in the numbers was the growing culture of "racing and rash driving," where vloggers and bike riders perform dangerous stunts and upload their videos on social media. .This in turn influences several youngsters, who copy these stunts without any regard to safety measures, the petition said. Vignesh also submitted that the "bike-vloggers were using State and National highways for racing and rash driving instead of special racing tracks specifically allotted for ethical racing." He also said that several vloggers use modified bikes without obtaining required permission from the RTO. Such alterations to the bike's structure also impacts the technical performance of the bike and results in accidents. Further, in doing so, these bikers were flouting the Supreme Court guidelines on modification of bikes and exhibiting dangerous stunts without any warning, the plea claimed. Advocate Mohanakrishnan appeared for the petitioner. Advocate General R Shunmugasundaram appeared for the state government.