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Govt to bring helmets under mandatory BIS regime

The government has initiated a process to bring helmets under mandatory BIS regime as part of efforts to reduce fatal injuries involving two-wheelers, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said on Saturday.

Once the process is completed only BIS-certified helmets for two-wheeler riders would be manufactured and sold in India.

“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification for bringing protective helmets for two-wheelers rider under compulsory certification as per the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016,” the MoRTH said in a statement.

This will enable to have only BIS-certified helmets for two-wheelers to be manufactured and sold in India, it said.

“It will also improve the quality of two-wheeler helmets and would improve road safety scenario, and further would be helpful in reducing fatal injuries involving two-wheelers,” it added.

The Ministry has invited suggestions or comments in this respect which can be sent to the Joint Secretary (MVL), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways within a month.