A major step was taken for the safety of two-wheeler riders, the Centre has decided to ban the manufacturing, sales and usage of helmets that do not comply with the Indian Standard Institute (ISI) standards, according to draft notification issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH).
The sale of non-standard helmets will be considered as an offence, inviting a two-year jail term or a fine of Rs 2 lakh. The non-ISI mark helmet costs between Rs 75 and 150 in the national Capital and ISI mark helmet comes for Rs 800 to 3,000 depending on quality. There is a huge gap in the costing due to the quality. ISI mark helmet is safe for the consumers.
Manufacturers, dealers or shopkeepers would have to either destroy the helmets or liquidate their business within the time period.
Post the grace period, even first-time offenders will be arrested without a warrant. Officials said a new helmet standard has been proposed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Officials of BIS said the new range of helmets will protect both the skull and face.
In view of increasing menace of sale, distribution and usage of low-quality and fake helmets in the city, Cyberabad Traffic Police constituted a special team Monitoring Cell (RTAM Cell) of Cyberabad to identify and raid on the shops and go downs selling and storing fake helmets in Cyberabad.
The team got registered 10 FIRs against the concerned persons.
40 helmet dealers participating in the drive to broke duplicate helmets and took oath to curb selling of low-quality helmets.
Helmet sellers in the city approached Traffic Police claiming that they would join hands with Police in curbing sale of such low quality and fake helmets.
A great initiative by the stakeholders, Cyberabad Traffic Police welcomed the move and explained them about the ill-effects of selling low quality helmets to bike riders.
Cyberabad Traffic Police record, in 2019, out of 720 deaths in fatal accidents in Cyberabad, 388 deaths are involving two-wheeler riders and pillion riders. This constitutes almost 54%. Also, 94% of the persons who died while riding two wheelers were either not wearing helmets or were wearing low quality helmets.
The Cyberabad Traffic Police took up this drive against sale of low quality and fake helmets in Cyberabad limits, criminal cases will be investigated in detail and the distributors and manufactures will be brought to books. It is found out that around 40 such low-quality helmet sellers are in market.