The government recently updated standards for helmets with the road transport ministry stating that all helmets will be 300 gms lighter while sale of non ISI helmets will be an offence.
In yet another desperate attempt to bring down fatal road accidents and urge all bikers to use helmets, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has recommended the use of lighter yet sturdier helmets. Set to come into effect from January 15 2019, the maximum weight of a helmet for bikes will be 1.2 kgs as compared to 1.5 kgs as on date.
Every helmet manufacturer will have to comply by these standards while there is also a recommendation that helmets will be cheaper so as to ensure that riders do not purchase cheap and low quality helmets from roadside sellers.
Non standard helmets have becoming rampant due to lower costs. However, sale of these helmets will be an offence and riders will also no longer be allowed to ride bikes wearing caps, cricket or other industrial safety helmets.
The ISI Helmet Association has regaled this step taken by the government and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. They will adhere to these new standards and the lighter weight will more attractive specially to those riders who complain about the weight of the helmets being sold as on date.
The new helmet design will also include ventilation holes so as to make them airier and suitable for Indian climatic conditions. The industry has been given a 6 month period to incorporate these new weight limitations and designs into their helmets. It is not clear yet, what happens to sale of imported helmets like MT, Arai, Shoei, etc. As these helmets are not ISI marked, but come with world class safety certification. RushLane