The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued the notification of ‘Helmets (Quality Control) Order, 2020 for two wheeler motor vehicle riders’ on November 26, 2020. In this, it was made mandatory for all two wheeler helmets to be (BIS) certified i.e. ISI mark.
There has been a complete ban on selling or buying helmets without ISI mark in the country, which has also become effective from June 1. If you go out wearing a helmet without BIS certification, then the traffic police can also challan you. Buying or selling such helmets can also attract both fine and punishment. In fact, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued the ‘Helmets for Two Wheeler Motor Vehicle Riders (Quality Control) Order, 2020’ on November 26, 2020. ‘ notification was issued. In this, it was made mandatory for all two-wheeler helmets to be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
After the completion of the period of 6 months, this rule has also become effective from June 1, but most people are unaware of this. According to the new rules, the helmet should have ISI mark i.e. it should fully meet the safety standards. Therefore, it has become necessary for the bike riders that the helmet they are buying should be thoroughly checked whether it meets all the standards or not. Helmet without ISI mark will be considered as fake.
Jail up to 1 year for buying and selling fake helmets ..
Now only helmets with BIS/ISI stamp will be allowed to be sold in the country. If any person makes a helmet without ISI mark, or is found indulging in its purchase or sale, then he can be imprisoned up to 1 year and a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh. This fine can also be increased to 5 lakh rupees.
Poor helmet is the major cause of death in road accidents
Rajni Gandhi, founding general secretary of NGO Trax-Tracks (Traffic Reforms and Advocacy Experts), said that 37 per cent of road accidents in India occur with two-wheeler drivers every year and 80 per cent of these bike riders die because of not wearing a helmet or wearing a helmet. This is due to wearing a low quality helmet. In such a situation, helmets are mandatory for every person riding a two-wheeler, male, female and children. It should be necessary to buy such a helmet along with the purchase of a bike. But in our country people never make children wear helmets. Women are also wearing helmets in very small numbers.
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Offense of sale of non ISI helmets
Sandeep Sood, Chief Trustee of Catalyt, a consumer forum related to road safety, said that according to WHO, more than 3 lakh people die every year in road accidents in India. The truth is that every hour 423 people die in road accidents in India. In 2019, 1,54,732 people died and 4,39,262 people were injured in 4,37,396 officially registered road accidents. Through this step, the government wants to reduce fatal road accidents and deaths due to substandard helmets. Hence, now selling and stocking these non-ISI helmets will be registered as a serious offence.
Is the helmet worth less than Rs 500?
Rajiv Kapoor, president of the Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association, said that the cheap helmets sold on the roadside do not provide any protection in accidents. These will no longer be available for sale. If you are also buying a helmet less than Rs 500, then there is a high possibility that it is of low quality helmet. Fake ISI marks are also put in such helmets. Every year India loses up to 3 percent of GDP due to road accidents. ISI certified helmet manufacturers and big organizations should invest in this area. The government will get more revenue from the new rules.