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Enforce no sale & use of non-ISI helmets to check road deaths: Experts urge govt agencies | India News

NEW DELHI: Now since non-ISI two-wheeler helmets have become illegal from June 1, the enforcement agencies including the police and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) need to step up its enforcement, road safety and trauma care experts said. Non-wearing or wearing poor quality helmets is the main cause of death of nearly 78% of two-wheeler riders in India.
According to the road transport ministry’s notification, manufacturing and sale of non-ISI marked helmets are illegal and according to the BIS Act, manufacturing, storing, selling or import of non-ISI helmets attract punishment with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of Rs 1 lakh to 5 lakh. In 2019, out of the total 56,000 two-wheeler riders who were killed in road crashes, 43,600 were on account of not wearing helmets.
“If you are not wearing a standard helmet, it’s more harmful in case of a crash. Such helmets transmit the energy to the skull, don’t absorb it and hence injure the skull and the underline brain. Standard helmets absorb the energy and don’t allow such injuries,” said Dr Amit Gupta, professor of trauma surgery and critical care at AIIMS.
He added wearing a non-standard helmet can be detrimental as in case of a crash the broken parts can actually cause more injuries to the brain. Not wearing a standard helmet attracts a penalty under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Former DGP and chairman of Road Safety Authority in Telangana, T Krishna Prasad said the BIS should also put the list of products that have got the certification in public domain so that people are informed when buying these products and that the government should ensure their adequate availability.
“The traffic police can challan those wearing non-standard helmets or any other plastic cap just to avoid a penalty. Since it’s an offence they should crack down on the sale of such helmets in the market. The larger aim is to save lives,” said Rajeev Kapur, president of Two-wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association.
Prasad said there should be zero tolerance against non-wearing of helmets and such offenders must be challenged. “The government should ensure that there is no black marketing of ISI-mark helmets in the market. One month time can be given to users to comply with the mandatory wearing of ISI-marked helmets considering that in several states helmet shops are not open because of lockdown,” he added.




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