In a bid to promote road safety, Government of India will soon ban the sale of non-ISI helmets across India by the end of this year.
Earlier this week a road transport ministry official was quoted as saying that they plan to finish the process by six months.
Currently, 75 to 80 per cent of helmets sold in India are said to be of non-ISI types.
Naturally, the ISI Helmet Manufacturer Association has welcomed this.
“Looking at the current statics over 75 percent to 80 percent of helmets used by two-wheeler riders across India do not meet ISI standards. In our country, riders underestimate its role too and tend to buy cheap headwear, which does not protect them well,” Rajeev Kapur, president of the association, was quoted as saying.
According to Rajeev, atleast Rs 300-400 is required to make a single helmet. But the market is flooded with cheaper helmets.
The decision of the government is a welcome move. The market is flooded with cheap helmets and this ban will legally compel the sellers to stop selling such sub-standard helmets. Riders should also understand that wearing a good quality helmet is in their interest.
Image Credit: Studds.com (Studds is one of the biggest seller of ISI market helmets in India)