Central government revises helmet standards; only BIS certified two-wheeler helmets to be manufactured and sold in country

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has revised the two-wheeler helmet standards in India. In a press brief, the ministry said that helmets have now been categorised under compulsory Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification and publication of Quality Control Order.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued the ‘Helmet for riders of Two Wheelers Motor Vehicles (Quality Control ) Order, 2020.’ Only BIS-certified helmets will now be manufactured, sold for two-wheelers in India. This would help in avoiding sale of low-quality two-wheeler helmets in the country which would in turn help in protecting citizens involved in two-wheeler accidents from fatal injuries, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

As per the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety for considering lighter helmets in India suiting the country’s climatic conditions and that for ensuring compliance amongst citizens to wear the helmets, a Committee was formulated. The Committee had experts from different fields, including expert doctors from AIIMS and also from BIS. The Committee in March 2018 after detailed analysis in its report recommended lighter helmets in the Country, and the Ministry accepted the report.

As per the recommendations of the Committee, the BIS has revised specifications through which it is expected to make lighter helmets. “With good competition in the Indian markets and with numerous helmet manufacturers, now it is expected that the competition would enable for good quality and lighter helmets demand,” said the government.

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