Govt notifies proposal for mandatory compliance of BIS norms for helmets | India News – Times of India

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2020-07-31 18:11:59

NEW DELHI: The road transport ministry has initiated the process to bring helmets for two-wheeler riders under the mandatory BIS regime. Sources said the mandatory norm is likely to kick in from March or April next year, which means the sale of non-BIS certified helmets will be an offence once the notification comes to effect.
The ministry issued a draft notification on Thursday nearly a month after the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) notified the new two-wheeler helmet standard, which will come to effect from September 4.
The ministry said as per the procedure laid down protective helmet for two-wheeler riders under Quality Control Order it has sought suggestions and objections from the stakeholders.
Health and trauma care experts have maintained that wearing a non-standard helmet is as risky as not wearing a helmet for two-wheeler riders.
Nearly 60-70% of helmets sold in India don’t conform to the BIS norms.
According to the transport ministry data, 43,600 two-wheeler riders without helmets had in road crashes in 2018 and this included 15,364 pillion riders.
Ban on non-standard helmets has become all the more important considering that post-Covid more people are expected to shift to two-wheelers from using public transport.

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