The Bangalore police's drive against non-ISI branded helmets has been called off. The Bangalore Police had in recent weeks been confiscating helmets from riders that did not bear the ISI mark including imported helmet certified by the Department of Transport (DOT) for the United States, SNELL & the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE R22-05 certification) along with the usual set of illegal tin cans.
However, with a big drive against non-ISI helmets set to start in Bangalore next month, the policing force for the garden city has decided to back off. The reason according to the Hindu - clarification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) which stated that there was no way to visually certify that helmets met prescribed safety standards at a glance.
The decision by the police force to not go ahead with the drive against non-ISI helmets in Bangalore will come as a reprieve for many riders in the city especially those who forked out the extra cash to get imported helmets that meet more stringent safety tests abroad.
While the police may claim that the ISI branded helmets are what riders should use, DOT, SNELL & ECE R22-05 certified helmets are said to undergo a more stringent testing routine and are considered to be safer by riders. These helmets are also tailored to be more shock-absorbent which recent studies have indicated is better for the rider's safety than helmets that resist the impact.
Considering that the ECE R22-05 certified helmets are approved for all competition events by the FIM and MotoGP and the stringent testing standards by the US Department of Transport (DOT) and by SNELL, the Bangalore police's decision to ban helmets certified by these globally recognised bodies was something rather foolhardy and the backlash on social media against the decision was rather justifiable.
DriveSpark Thoughts On The Bangalore Police's Decision To Call Off The Drive Against Non-ISI Helmets
The police decision to consult with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has resulted in them calling off their well-meaning but ill-informed drive against non-ISI helmets certified by safety agencies on foreign shores will mean that riders will not have to ride in fear while wearing their expensive head protection everytime they see a group of white-shirted police officers on the roads.
We do hope that Bangalore's finest will continue to educate and discipline those wearing non-certified plastic caps that are passed off as helmets and those that forego protective headgear altogether to ensure that the city is safer for those riding on its streets.