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Non-ISI Helmet Ban In India: The Road Transport and Highway Ministry has issued a notification stating that two-wheeler helmets which do not comply with the norms of the Indian Standard Institute (ISI) will be banned from usage. The new rule will come into action within the next two to three months.
According to the new reform, manufacturing, storage and sale of non-ISI helmets will invite arrest without warrant. The new move will also lead to a fine of at least Rs 2 lakh or two years imprisonment, for the first offence.
As per initial reports, the Ministry has given a two-month notice period to such low-quality helmet dealers. They have to either destroy the helmets or liquidate their business within the time period.
The Ministry recently introduced new standards for ISI helmets. This will reduce the recommended weight of helmets from the current 1.5kg to 1.2kg. Read more – here!
Rajeev Kapur, President of ISI Helmet Manufacturers Association (ISIHMA), shared – "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."
The new move will also affect foreign helmet brands which adhere to international standards. All such models should now comply with ISI norms and standards to be sold in the country. India is a huge market for popular helmet brands such as Arai, AGV, HJC, Shoei etc. and the new rule, in essence, will make them illegal (until they comply with ISI).
Rajeev Kapur further added, "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."
A lot of ‘proper' riders in the country opt high-quality foreign helmets over ISI-certified ones. The news that such imported helmets are illegal in the eyes of the Transport Ministry (at least initially) has shocked the entire motorcycling community. In addition to this, there is no denying that such foreign helmets are way safer than ISI-certified ones.
Thoughts On The New Ban On Non-ISI Helmets
The new move to allow only ISI-certified helmets to be on sale could be considered as a good initiative in one perspective. However, for some reason, the officials have also brought premium foreign helmets under the ban; something which most motorcyclists cannot digest. Another group suggests that it isn't ideal to bring the helmet weight to 1.2kg from the current 1.5kg-mark, as it would affect the protection offered.
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