The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has changed the limit of maximum weight of bikers’ helmets from 1.5kg to 1.2kg. The new norms will be enforced from January 15, 2019. The new helmets will be 300gm lighter and airier the existing units. Every helmet manufacturer in India will have to meet the new standards.
The process of making helmets under the new norms has already been commenced by the Ministry of Road Transport. The new helmets will be BIS certified, and retailing of the non-standard unit will be an offence. The new norms will surely provide better skull and head protect to riders.
The official statement from Transport Ministry reads, “We will complete this process soon. This will end the menace of low quality helmets being sold in the market. The new helmets will also specify that these are meant for two-wheeler riders. Read – Most Indians Don’t Wear Seatbelts Because Of These 5 Reasons
While the weight difference between new helmets and the existing ones will be 300gm only, it will ensure more secure and enjoyable ride. When you ride a motorcycle or scooter, you take a little bit of extra weight on your head with the helmet. Head sits at the top of the body, so any movement your body experiences during the ride will also move your head and give strain to your neck muscles.
Every effort you make to hold your head steady and look across during a ride causes fatigue and exertion. The helmet weight adds up more trouble. The lightweight helmets not only offer better level of shock deflection, but are easier to carry and wear as well. Read – Government Bans Car And SUV Crash Guards in India
If we look at the stats, over 15,000 two-wheeler riders died in 2017 for not wearing helmets. Most of the cases are recorded in Uttar Pradesh (3,818), followed by Tamil Nadu (1,946) and Maharashtra (1,113).
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