“A helmet on your head will keep you far away from a hospital bed.” This is not just a quote or saying but actually, reality has to be followed by every rider. A rider feels immense pleasure and freedom while riding motorcycles on the open and traffic-free roads.
But, no rider can deny the fact that while riding a motorcycle wearing a helmet is also important. As per the government sources, the death ratio of two-wheeler motor vehicle riders has doubled over a decade. Even, as per the reports of the transport ministry in every single hour in India, 4 people die in a road accident. As these people do not wear helmets for their safety.
However, you will be shocked to know that Tamilnadu is the state that has the maximum number of two-wheeler road crash cases. We must our near and dear ones aware of the motorcycle helmet laws in India to protect them from any kind of road injury.
Even, for your reference, we are listing some of the changes introduced by the government in the helmet guidelines in India. And, for learning the new helmet rules in India you have to keep reading this article till its finish line.
Helmet Laws in India
The BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) has notified some of the important changes in the helmet rules in India. Let us have a look at the following changes.
|Old Helmet Law In India||New Helmet Law in India
|The maximum weight of the helmet was 1.2kgs.||Now, this maximum weight limit has been removed.|
|Foreign Brands cannot sell their products in Indian markets.||Foreign Brands can sell their products in the Indian market if they are meeting ISI standards.|
|Earlier for the first offense penalty was INR 100/- and for the subsequent offense, it is INR 300/-||Now, the penalty for the offense is INR 1000 with the provision of suspension of License for the subsequent offense.|
The above-drafted table is listing some of the changes between the Old helmet laws and new helmet laws. Let us understand the same in brief.
- Change in Weight – Earlier as per the BIS the organization formulates and regulates the helmet standards in India restricts the maximum weight of the helmet up to 1.2kgs.
Whereas as per the amendment in the standards from September 4, 2020, such restriction has been removed. However, it is still recommended to the company that they can sell helmet of a maximum of up to 1.5kgs. But it has to ensure that the helmet should be as per the standards of BIS and carry an ISI mark.
- Permission granted – Earlier some of the foreign helmet brands are restricted or proposed to be restricted for selling their helmets in India. As they are not complying with the standards of BIS.
Whereas currently after September 4, 2020 permission has been granted to the foreign companies for selling their helmets in Indian markets even if they follow standards of ECE, DOT, Snell, etc. But, they have to ensure compliance with the BIS standards. Moreover, these companies have a time limit of 6 months from the date of notification to complete all the compliances.
- Penalty Provisions – Earlier in Old traffic rules provision if the rider is not wearing a helmet while riding his/ her two-wheeler vehicle then he/she has to pay a penalty of INR 100/- for the first offense. And, for the subsequent offense, this penalty will be increased up to INR 300/-.
However, as per the amended rules, the penalty has been revised and increased up to INR 1000/- for every offense. Also, the license can be suspended for 3 months.
Even, if you are wearing a non-ISI marked helmet while riding your two-wheeler then it can cost you a challan of a heavy amount.
The aim of amending helmet certification standards in India is to control sales of cheap and low quality. So, the riders can use the best quality helmets for protecting themselves. To aware and make people use helmets while riding the Government of Maharashtra taking a good initiative.
They are planning to provide two helmets at the time of buying a new two-wheeler vehicle instead of one. By this step, the rider and its riding companion will be safe from any kind of mishappening.
Are you still having lots of questions in your mind? So not to worry as for your reference we are going to address some of the questions frequently asking by the public. Let us have a look at the following FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions – Motorcycle Helmet laws in India
- Which helmets are allowed in India?
Helmets weighing not more than 1.5kgs and having ISI mark on it are allowed to use in India for the riders of two-wheelers.
- Are half helmets are allowed to use in India?
Yes, half helmets are legally allowed to use in India. But you need to ensure that the helmet you are using has an ISI mark. In short, you should opt for the product of the brans that comply with the helmet certification standards in India.
- Are dot approved helmets are legal to us in India?
Before 4th September 2020 using DOT approved helmets in India was illegal. However, after the above-mentioned date, either the stakeholder or manufacturer in the country has to certify as per the helmet standards of BIS before making them available for sale.
Moreover, the MoRTH has stated to ban all the manufacturers of helmets that are not certified by the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards).
- Which types of helmets are banned in India?
All non-ISI marked are banned in India. Non-standardized helmets can create a huge risk of injuries at the time of a road crash.
- Is it a mandate to wear a helmet at the time of riding a vehicle?
Yes, it is a mandate to wear a helmet at the time of riding a two wheeler vehicle. However, the only exception is available to Sikhs wearing a turban. In some of the states in India pillion riders have to wear a helmet.
- Is there any penalty if two-wheeler riders are not wearing a helmet? What is the amount of penalty?
Yes, a penalty of INR 1000 is chargeable on the rider if he or she is not wearing a helmet at the time of riding two-wheeler vehicles. Moreover, a subsequent offense can result in disqualification of the driving license for 3months.
- What are the important factors that have to be kept in mind while buying a helmet?
A helmet is a must important riding gear every rider needs at the time of riding. However, while buying the best one for yourself, you must consider the following factors:
- Weight – It should not be heavy to carry while a ride.
- ISI Certification
- Compliance with BIS Standards.
- Padding – The padding of a helmet should be soft and spongy. So, that rider can experience a high-level comfort.
- Retention i.e for how long you can wear a helmet?
- Type of helmet
- Name some of the helmet brands available in India?
Many helmet manufacturing brands are ruling the Indian market. Some of them are Steelbird, Studds, Vega, Aerostar, Fastrack, etc. But, before buying any helmet make sure that it complies with all the helmet standards implemented by BIS with an ISI mark.
- What are the benefits of wearing a helmet?
There are multiple benefits of wearing a helmet. And, among all, it is foremost important for you and your loved ones from any kind of injury at the time of a road crash while enjoying a ride. Moreover, it will provide safety to your eyes from any kind of object that results in obstruction of vision while riding.
Final Words – Helmet Standards in India
Even the slowest animal (Turtle) on the planet knows how to protect himself from an accident. So, why we humans can’t? The Government of India introducing and amending many safety measures and standards just ensure the safety of the public from any kind of road accidents especially two-wheeler riders.
I hope after reading this article you have clarity about the new rules, penalties, and factors that need to be considered while buying the helmet for yourself or your loved ones.
So, buy an ISI marked helmet, and save your life from road crash and penalties too.
Have a safe Riding…