Submitted by Newseditor on Mon, 2016-01-04 21:55 Bengaluru: Imagine a situation! You are a heroic dude with a two-wheeler. You come across a damsel in distress who needs to hop on your bike for safety. She stops ya and says, “Please help” and you respond, “Hey Babes! Have ya got a helmet?” She responds, “What the ****? My life is in danger…” And you as a law abiding citizen reply, “Sorry Babes! Wearing no helmet is an offence”, leave her to her fate and vrooom away unless of course, you find a way to help her without giving her a ride Anyways, if your New Year resolution was to shop better in life, you may start with the bulk purchase of helmets! And this is irrespective of whether or not you own a two-wheeler. If you need to take a drop on a two-wheeler from a friend or a relative you will need to carry a helmet with you all the time. If a rider is really bothered about his pillion counterpart then they may always have to carry an additional helmet. Well! Perhaps the pillion riders may be able to work out a proposition if the penalty by the traffic cops is much cheaper than the helmet, unless of course, you are considered a repeat offender and the action gets stringent! Yes! As the State Government of Karnataka is about to thrust its new policy on the pillion riders, you better be prepared. The layman’s Cry has become the helmet shop owners’ joy with the Goddess of wealth bound to bless the latter abundantly-Well! Not to ignore manufactures.The response to the new policy is mixed despite the safety tag attached to it. BFirst.in had a chit chat with the denizens of Bengaluru on Tuesday. While some of the people are supporting the initiative the rest have expressed their ire citing the discomfort that some pillion riding women, children and the aged may be subjected to. The concern is also more when an emergency or urgent pick-up situation arises. Meanwhile, the Helmet shops in Bengaluru are having a blast with the sales expected to skyrocket with the implementation of the policy. One of the helmet shop owners on J C Road told BFirst.in, “Currently we sell about 20-25 helmets a day. Once the pillion rider policy is up, sales may shoot up to 60 helmets a day. Thus we may estimate the increase at 50 percent”.In Bengaluru, there are more than 100 helmets shops with similar sales consistency. Some of the members of the public strongly felt that the government must ensure that only ISI marked helmets are sold. Otherwise, the whole policy will go futile. In addition, the shop owners are all excited about getting kid customers. Kid size helmets are going to hit the market big time with this policy boosting the profits for helmet sellers. Reactions:M Raghavendra Maiya, Chartered Accountant“It is utterly insane. Imagine the inconveniences every individual will be put through because of this. We either have to carry the helmets all the time with us to be prepared for unwarranted pillion rides or forgo the idea of taking a ride. I don’t think safety is the concern here. I suspect a big time lobby by helmet mafia and it goes without saying who gets the kickbacks from this.”Amir, BCA Student, Al Ameen College, Bengaluru“I don’t think it makes sense. Our safety cannot be imposed on us. Suppose I belong to a big joint family, does the government expect us to build a separate room for helmets in a bid to be ever ready for a pillion ride? Or we need to buy a gunny bag or a bigger bag to always carry the helmet or be wearing it all the time and create a world of helmet-wearing zombies?”Abdul Saleem, Proprietor, Suhana Helmet Paradise“The policy will definitely boost the sales of helmets. We are excited about sales and also happy that people will be safer. This policy is already existing in Delhi and Rajasthan”.Ramesh Naidu, Proprietor, Helmet Paradise“There is no immediate response to the news yet but, obviously this will increase the sales. I estimate that sales might increase by at least 40 percent. It is a very good initiative by the government. Exempting women and old aged people does not make any sense because the accident will hurt everyone irrespective of gender and age. Only the ISI mark part should be strictly ensured.”Naveen, B.Com Student, Vijaya College, BengaluruI welcome the decision. It will reduce the number of deaths in two-wheeler accidents. It could be uncomfortable for some, but it ensures safety. It should have been implemented long ago.