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Two-wheel helmets must meet BIS standards

Hyderabad: From the day when wearing helmets became mandatory, the city sees an increase in the sale of helmets sold along the road. But these roadside vendors now want to lose business if they do not sell ISI-certified helmets at the Department of Roads and Highways, which state that manufacturers will have to meet Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) standards and from March only standard helmets should sell. 1, 2021.

The center has begun the process of bringing helmets below mandatory BIS standards and once the process is complete, only BIS-certified helmets for two-wheeler riders are manufactured and sold across the country.

Recently, the Ministry, in consultation with BIS, proposed issuing a helmet protection order for two-wheeler cyclists (quality control), 2020, to issue protective helmets under mandatory certification of the BIS Act, 2016. The government issued notices a few years ago that if stated, it is mandatory for all helmets to meet BIS standards and that they must wear the ISI mark. It also limited the use of helmets to more than 1200 grams.

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According to the notice, helmets for two-wheeler riders must comply with Indian Standard (IS) 4151: 2015 and carry the standard mark under the license of BIS according to Scheme 1 and Scheme II of BIS (Conformity Assessment), Regulations, 2018.

As part of this, BIS will be the certifying and enforcing authority. In addition, an official who is not under the rank of general manager of the district operations center in the department of state government industries will also be an enforcing authority. Any person who violates the provisions of the order is punishable by the BIS Act.

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Until August 30, the ministry sought comments from the general public and stakeholders. The comments or suggestions may be sent to Priyank Bharti, Joint Secretary of Government of India, room no. 324, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Transport Bhavan, Parliament Street, New Delhi-110001 or emailed to jspb-morth@gov.in.

‘The sale of helmets that are below standard must be completely eradicated. There must be strict vigilance and enforcement. It is necessary to drive regularly to keep such helmets, ‚ÄĚsays Vinod Kanumala, an expert in the field of traffic safety here.

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Source: Telangana Today

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