Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association welcomes Rajasthan Government for announcing a free-helmet rule to all new motorists
The Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association today welcomes and highly appreciate the initiative of the Rajasthan Government for announcing and implementing a policy to give a free ISI-marked helmet to every new two-wheeler buyers in the state. Despite the new waves of the pandemic in the country, this policy will bring a paradigm shift in safety measures for two-wheeler riders. A free-helmet policy will encourage more and more riders to wear helmets.
This new rule by the Rajasthan state government has been implemented in a bid to increase road safety measures and improve awareness among motorists. It will not only increase awareness among riders but also help in reduction of road accident deaths in the state.
Commenting on the new rule by the Rajasthan State Government, Mr. Rajeev Kapur, President, Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association, said, “The Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association is thankful and highly appreciates this new initiative and rule by the Rajasthan Government to provide a free helmet to every new two-wheeler rider in the state. All state governments should have implemented this rule because more deaths happen in India than people die due to coronavirus in the country. If this rule is implemented by all states we can save millions of lives.”
“A free helmet policy will encourage all two wheeler riders to wear helmet and would definitely reduce the road accidents and fatalities even further. We are hopeful that other states will also to come up with such initiatives,” Mr. Kapur said.
We further expect that all two wheeler manufacturers should come forward to provide genuine ISI mark helmets only. The Distribution of the helmets by OEMs will ensure that only genuine helmet get sold by the dealers. This will also help in elimination of poor quality fake ISI marked helmets from the market. As of now, the fake ISI marked helmets sold in market because a common person is unable to distinguish between a fake and original helmet.
As the state government announced plans to implement the amended Central Motor Vehicles Rules , section 138 (f) this new policy should also inspire other states to come up with the similar rule. Introduced in 2019, the amended rule levies hefty fines for traffic violation rule in a bid to increase compliance and improve road safety.
Mr. Rajendra Singh Rathore, State Chapter Head, said, “The Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association appreciates that the Rajasthan government has implemented a free-helmet rule in the state. Our Association welcomes it and as per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules , section 138 (f) rules, it is a mandatory to provide a helmet along with a two-wheeler, we are thankful that the Rajasthan government has implemented this rule. This rule will save precious lives in the state and reduce the number of deaths happen due to road accidents without helmets.”
Reports suggest that India sees a high numbers of road accident deaths which include two-wheeler riders in a substantial number. The amended CMC Act imposes has increased the fine from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 along with the suspension of license for three months for those who ride their vehicle without helmets.
According to the Central Motor Vehicle Act, rule 129 of 1988, it is mandatory for the two wheeler riders as well as pillion rider to wear helmet. Keeping in mind the specifications prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards. Not wearing a helmet while riding is a violation of the law and can draw imprisonment up to six months under the Indian Penal Code Section 188.