International Road Federation (IRF) a Geneva based global road safety body woking for better and safer roads world wide has welcomed the road transport ministry move bringing helmets for two-wheeler riders under the mandatory BIS regime from June 1, 2020.
“This much awaited move means the sale of non-BIS certified helmets will be an offence once the notification comes to effect. Wearing a non-standard helmet is as risky as not wearing a helmet for two-wheeler rider.Nearly 60-70% of helmets sold in India don’t conform to the BIS norms.” Said MR K K Kapila, President, Emeritus, International Road Federation .
“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 have shifted to two-wheelers from using public transport. Said Mr Kapila.
“Enforcing helmet rule and bringing helmets under quality control is the most effective approach to reducing Two wheeler accidents in the country which account for about 38 per cent of of the victims of the road accidents “ said Mr Kapila