Heavy fines, imprisonment for manufacturing, sale of non-ISI helmets

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has placed a ban on the manufacture, import, sale and storage of non-ISI helmets. Those flouting these rules may face imprisonment and/or fines of up to Rs 5 lakh.

  • The rules took effect on June 1

  • All helmets sold in India must feature an ISI certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards

  • Jail time can extend up to 2 years

Bans pertaining to non-ISI helmets

A directive from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways that bans the manufacture, import, sale and storage of non-ISI helmets has come into effect from June 1, 2021. We brought you news about this notification late last year, and it has come into effect from June 1.

Penalties for offenders

To deter people from flouting these norms, offenders will be penalised under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act. As per this, those found using an ISI sticker on a helmet that isn’t ISI-approved can face a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. Anyone found participating in the manufacturing, import, sale or storage of non-ISI helmets can not only face a fine of Rs 1 lakh but may also be imprisoned for up to 1 year.

While the decision to clamp down on sub-standard helmets is a good one, the rule has also simultaneously ruled out imported helmets that conform to international standards, which match or exceed the ISI standards. The ideal solution would have been to recognize and allow helmets that conform to international standards that are equal to, or above, the Indian standard, but that has not been the case. For reference, the Indian standard (IS: 4151) is based on the ECE 22-05 standard.

As things stand, international manufacturers will now have to certify their helmets to the Indian standard to be sold here. While some may go through with this, high-end brands that sell in low volumes here may not find it viable to do so. In that sense, this factor of the new ruling comes as a great disservice to the Indian citizen who wishes to give his head the best protection money can buy.

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