Not just any helmet, start wearing helmets with ISI mark

Not just any helmet, start wearing helmets with ISI mark

Submitted by Rashmi on Wed, 2016-03-16 18:57 Bengaluru: Motorists wearing those flimsy construction worker-type helmets better watch out.The Bengaluru Traffic Police is considering cracking down on sub-standard helmets which are being worn by large number of motorists just to evade being penalised.Experts say that such helmets offer no protection to the rider.According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, helmets should be ISI certified and even police insist on that. But, vehicle-users are not serious about having a helmet with ISI mark. "Under Sec 129 of Indian Motor Vehicle Act, riders can be penalised for using sub-standard helmet. Although, this has not been strictly followed, we are considering it to impose strictly from March 17,” said MA Salim, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic).CK Bawa, Deputy Commissioner, Traffic East Division, said, “We have observed that to escape the fine, motorists use low-grade helmets like the ones used in construction or sports activities. But, this does not serve the law’s purpose. We want to ensure safety of motorists. Hence, we will insist on ISI mark on helmets.”The staggering number of cases registered against violators indicate that the helmet rule has had hardly any impact. Let's check the facts.The traffic department has so far registered 2,49,887 cases against pillion riders for violating a Supreme Court ruling, which made helmets mandatory for pillion riders. As many as 2,24,765 cases were registered against bike riders as well.In Karnataka, authorities began enforcing the new helmet rule from Jan 20.Speaking to bfirst.in, MA Salim, Additional Commissioner of Police, (Traffic) said, “On an average, we send 12,000 complaint notice to violators everyday. Earlier, it was 10,000. In the last 15 days, we have booked 1,00,000 helmet rule violators – both riders and pillion riders.” All these notices are based on the images captured through cameras, Salim added.What experts say:MN Shreehari, expert on traffic issues said, “The traffic department is still struggling to enforce discipline among riders in terms of using helmets. Law enforcing agencies need to categorically mention about the designs of helmet – one that covers the whole face. Insisting on ISI mark alone, will not help in any way.”Dr BN Gangadhar, Director, Nimhans, said, “Allowing people to wear sub- standard helmets should be discouraged. More than 10 percent of the accidents contribute to the death of pillion riders or lead to neurological disorders.”People need to change their attitude towards law or law enforcing agencies. Safety laws are made for the safety of them and their family members. Unless, their attitude changes, the number of violators will only rise, said a police officer.Speaking to Bfirst, Nikita J said, “It is irritating to wear helmets especailly during summer be it for the rider or pillion rider. Most of my friends dont prefer to wear helmet if we travelling to nearby places.”Ashok Gowda, a resident said, “It is difficult to carry two helmets. Even more difficult when I take my six year old son and wife out together. My son does not want to wear a helmet.”