The Road Transport and Highway Ministry recently issued a notification to ban the sales and manufacturing of Non ISI (non Indian Standards Institute) certified helmets. According to the new law, the production, storage and sale of Non ISI helmets for two-wheelers will be a chargeable offense. The offenders will be arrested without warrant. The penalty for the first offence will include a two-year jail or fine of at least Rs 2 lakh. The significant violation of the law will attract higher fine.
The new law will be enforced after two months (i.e. October, 2018). That means, all the helmet manufacturers and dealers have 60 days for clearing their stocks of Non ISI helmets. The use of ISI-marked helmets will certainly help reduce significant injuries caused by bike accidents. Read – Most Indians Don’t Wear Seatbelts Because Of These 5 Reasons
Commenting on this development, Rajeev Kapur, president of the ISI Helmets Manufacturers Association (ISIHMA) said, “This step will help bring down the number of fatal road accidents and will curb malpractices and the sale of spurious and fake roadside helmets.” Read – Government Bans Car And SUV Crash Guards in India
“Even leading international brands who were exporting helmets to India as per European and US standard will now have to adhere to ISI standards. They will not be able to sell otherwise”, he further added.
Just so you know, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) introduced a new standard for motorcycle helmets in July, 2018. According to the official body, the new helmets will be lighter (1.2kg) than the current units from January 15, 2019. Many recognized helmet brands which are comply with external testing agencies sell helmet that weigh from 1.3 kg to 1.5kg.
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