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    Default ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    ISI Helmet Manufacturers Association has shown their concern over the “Road Accident Death” report released by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

    The report states that for the last 11 years there has been 9.42% rise in road accidents. And around 10,135 bikers have lost their lives for not wearing or using a low-grade helmet.

    ISIHMA has demanded that wearing a helmet should be made compulsory in all over India. The actual reason found behind the death of two wheeler riders is because of increased use of low-quality helmets, which are openly being sold roadside.

    Last year the death toll of road accidents in India was 19% and 70% bikers that have injured or died were not wearing helmets. Around 35-40% in Delhi only were found to be dead because of wearing fake ISI Helmets or low-quality helmet.

    Such accidents have highlighted the cause that in the absence of strict regulations to manufacture or sell quality helmets, the majority of the riders opt for roadside helmets which are cheaper but proved to be the death trap. The association further suggests if he government will look forward in taking legal action against those who supply fake ISI helmets or helmets of low quality it can help in curb the practice of road side fake and spurious helmets which can lead to a dangerous cause.

    To have a check on road accidents especially with two wheeler ISIHMA (ISI Helmet Manufacturers Association) has demanded there should be strict enforcement of laws when it comes to manufacture and sale of helmets.

    The government has proposed 18% GST on helmets recently and the news has not gone down well with the industry experts and public. Helmets doesn't need to be taxed in GST regime as 18% GST would only add in mushrooming of unorganized sector that are manufacturing spurious road side helmets and playing with the life of innocent people.

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    Keeping helmetless people aside, we have basically 3 categories of 2 wheeler-helmet-users:-

    1. Those who use ISI helmets of good quality, which are mostly sufficient to protect against direct impacts at city level speeds like 40-50 kmph,
    2. Those who use cheap roadside (unlicensed) helmets, the quality of which maybe bad, but it varies from helmet to helmet,
    3. Those who use imported helmets which don't have ISI mark,

    I sincerely believe that we must end category no. 2 permanently. At best, this cap on the head can protect you from a traffic challan and a small accident, or if someone drops a small stone on your head, nothing more.
    There's no need to kill eployment by banning such products, instead guide them towards ISI achievement in their existing products by improvements.

    Secondly, there should be a separate ISI license for imported helmets, which may be given keeping in mind its previous creditions like SNELL, DOT, ECE, etc and its safety standard.. but this seems unlikely, given the protectionism we still have a bit.


    Also, we should do something about ensuring that helmets are fastened.
    I was ashamed to see a racetrack video on facebook, in which a racer barely lost control and the helmet just flew from his head. Luckily, I think he was unhurt as he was otherwise fully geared and the head didn't touch the ground.
    If this is the safety standard on a racetrack (no matter which country it was), then God only bless the common commuter.


    There have been gadgets made which ensured that the bike doesn't start if the rider has no helmet on. Such things, unless they get planned on a corporate level, they are easy to hack, and Automobile companies need to implement it together to ensure its success. Even then, people will try to hack it, but at least we'll have less casualties on a country level.

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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    Agreed.
    Apart from this i see so many (almost everyone) kids/youngsters riding fast & rashly on their non abs; powerful scooters & bikes with no regard for other road users.
    I realy think that there should be a comprehensive regular road safety program at school/colleges to sensitise young minds towards the very real dangers hiding in plain sight on our roads.

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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    Quote Originally Posted by dnewguy View Post
    Agreed.
    Apart from this i see so many (almost everyone) kids/youngsters riding fast & rashly on their non abs; powerful scooters & bikes with no regard for other road users.
    I realy think that there should be a comprehensive regular road safety program at school/colleges to sensitise young minds towards the very real dangers hiding in plain sight on our roads.

    Cheers.
    Agreed. This may reduce the accidents by a lot but there will still be some of those stubborn kids who won't have any affect if strict action isn't taken
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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    They should ban these 100 bucks and those cap type helmets. Those are rather jokes!

    Ece/Dot helmets should be made mandatory! No exceptions.

    ISI is easy to get, no point.

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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    This is something which should be made mandatory long time ago. But still a question prevails, does imported helmets get caught by police walas since they do not have an ISI mark on it? In India that can happen too.... even if you are wearing an AGV
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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    Quote Originally Posted by Mibin M View Post
    This is something which should be made mandatory long time ago. But still a question prevails, does imported helmets get caught by police walas since they do not have an ISI mark on it? In India that can happen too.... even if you are wearing an AGV
    Exactly this is what happened when I was on a road trip to Kerala. Law and Order Cops caught us. I was a wearing LS2 helmet and the cops started questioning about my helmet and another rider's MT helmet. They started talking about fines for not having ISI mark on LS2 and MT helmets . We explained them about the helmet for another half an hour and one of the cop tested my helmet by doing a drop test.
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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    I don't really put much store in advice from anyone who gains from my following their advice. If this came from "Concerned Moms of India", I'd listen... but a helmet manufacturers' association saying "buy more helmets"? Big surprise. If they're going to quote stats... Google ("india population years") tells me that from 2006 to 2016 population in India has grown from 1.16 to 1.32 billion. That's about a 13% increase. Population growth in the same time for people older than 18 (i.e. eligible for license) may be <13%. But then again, with economic growth and urbanization, more people are riding bikes so let's say 2 wheeler riding population has increased 10% in 10 years. An accompanying 10% increase in death rate doesn't worry me (unless I'm selling helmets).

    I strongly believe in the use of safety gear but I also strongly believe that we're grown-ups who don't need mommy-government telling us to eat more veggies and wear a helmet. If anything, not enough people using a d*ck helmet (excuse my language) is more of a social issue that affects everyone... the regular helmet just affects me and my near and dear; Population growth affects everybody. And since my hospitalization/death doesn't cost the government or public much, I don't see how it's their business what I put on my head.

    So in summary - Please wear a helmet... not because someone told you to but because you love your family and your life. Oh, and "hum do, hamare do".
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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    I have got really thick head and skin so I don't need this. I see weaklings riding around with not just helmets but jackets and boots and whatnot and I laugh at their pathetic faces.
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    Default Re: ISIHMA demands Govt. to be made Helmets mandatory in all over India

    Quote Originally Posted by EverShine View Post
    I don't really put much store in advice from anyone who gains from my following their advice. If this came from "Concerned Moms of India", I'd listen... but a helmet manufacturers' association saying "buy more helmets"? Big surprise. If they're going to quote stats... Google ("india population years") tells me that from 2006 to 2016 population in India has grown from 1.16 to 1.32 billion. That's about a 13% increase. Population growth in the same time for people older than 18 (i.e. eligible for license) may be <13%. But then again, with economic growth and urbanization, more people are riding bikes so let's say 2 wheeler riding population has increased 10% in 10 years. An accompanying 10% increase in death rate doesn't worry me (unless I'm selling helmets).

    I strongly believe in the use of safety gear but I also strongly believe that we're grown-ups who don't need mommy-government telling us to eat more veggies and wear a helmet. If anything, not enough people using a d*ck helmet (excuse my language) is more of a social issue that affects everyone... the regular helmet just affects me and my near and dear; Population growth affects everybody. And since my hospitalization/death doesn't cost the government or public much, I don't see how it's their business what I put on my head.

    So in summary - Please wear a helmet... not because someone told you to but because you love your family and your life. Oh, and "hum do, hamare do".

    This is constant argument, whether something like this is a personal choice or to be implemented by the government. On the one hand you are correct in stating that if you don't wear a helmet, it is only you who suffer. But on the other hand, collectively the responsibility lies with the government. The government is questioned as to why so many people are dying on public roads.

    Secondly the death rate on Indian roads has always been very high, so your contention that increase in road fatalities is only due to the increased number of road users is ignoring the fact that it was too high in the first place. And that number needs to be brought down. Enforcing helmets will help reduce that number substantially.
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