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Non ISI Helmets to be Banned in India Soon

Non ISI Helmets to be Banned in India Soon

Snapshot: ISI has set new guidelines for two-wheeler helmets.

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notice which prohibits manufacturing and sale of two-wheeler helmets that do not adhere to the standards set by Indian Standards Institute (ISI). The notice states that helmet companies cannot even stock such helmets. Furthermore, companies and people who are found involved in doing so will be arrested without warrant and will face a penalty (for the first time offence) of two-year jail term or a fine of Rs 2 lakh. The government has already sent out a circular, highlighting the two aspects related to the new ruling. The new helmet standards were introduced weeks ahead of the final notice was sent out on August 2, 2018 by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

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As per the new standards, a helmet should weigh less than or equal to 1.2 kg, which is around 300 gm less than before. In a bid to ensure safety of users, BIS has mandated new tests which every helmet must undergo before it reaches market for retail. The tests include a new impact absorption test with new and increased impact points. There is also a side impact simulations test that has be conducted under different temperature and humidity conditions. In addition to these tests, the helmets will have to undergo tests for retention system effectiveness, abrasion, micro-slip test and a quick release test.

The move has been highly appreciated by the helmet companies that will help curb sale, manufacture, storage and use of NON-ISI marked helmets. The new ruling also mandates international brands that have been exporting helmets to India as per European and US standards to follow the new ISI standards. While the new standards will refrain people from buying compromised helmets available at cheap price, just to avoid the traffic police, helmets from manufacturers like Arai, Shoei, AGV, etc. which conform to much higher standards will also be illegal.

 

 

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