Half face and non-ISI helmets banned in Mysuru and Bengaluru
The Traffic police in Karnataka has undertaken a mission to enforce two-wheeler safety. It is stopping and fining riders who are spotted wearing non-ISI, half-face and even open-face helmets. This enforcement comes under the ruling of Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which bans the sale of non-ISI marked helmets.
According to reports, Bengaluru and Mysuru traffic police have stated that henceforth, only ISI certified full-face helmets will be permissible on the road. Failure to do so will result in the helmet being destroyed and seized, and along with it further legal action will be taken against the sellers of said helmets. So, what is an ISI mark? To put it simply, it is a certification mark given by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This government agency sets a minimum acceptable standard for all the industrial products sold in India. The ISI mark itself assures the buyer that the product in question adheres to all the quality, safety and performance norms.
The police workforces were seen writing the bike and rider’s phone number on the helmet and advised them to buy and use ISI mark helmets only. Now, the Bengaluru City Police have issued an update towards the seizure and ban of non-ISI helmets stating that wearing a protective headgear should conform to the standards of Bureau of Indian Standards.
A helmet with ISI mark indicates that it has gone through various safety tests. For example, the buckle of the ISI certified helmet is tested with a load of 105kg. Comparatively, a non-ISI, locally made helmet buckle is only capable of handling loads up to 5kg, which will result it in coming off in the event of an accident, rendering it useless. In our opinion, this is a good move. The questionable quality of a locally made non-ISI helmet has always led to serious injuries and even fatal accidents. The ban on half-face and open-face helmets also makes sense considering how little protection they offer to the rider. When you think about how the majority of Indian bikers opt for low-cost helmets instead of prioritizing their safety first, the decision to enforce this ruling is definitely very welcoming. We certainly hope the traffic cops all over India follow suit.