With the rise in number of road accidents on Indian roads, ISIHMA (ISI helmet manufacturer association) has demanded that the Government of India make Helmet compulsory for all riders in India. According to a report by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways that marks a 9.42 percent increase in road accidents over the last 11 years.
Around 10,135 motorcyclists have lost their lives after either not wearing a helmet or using one that has no quality accreditation. The main reason for accidents of two-wheelers on Indian roads is that the riders are buying low-quality or non-ISI mark helmets from the roadside. In 2016, the death toll in road accidents in India was 19 percent, while the 70 percent riders that were injured or died were hypothesized to be due to not wearing a helmet.
In Delhi only there were 35 to 40 percent fatal accidents due to fake ISI helmet or low-quality helmets. To curb the rise in accidents problem, the association has asked Government that there should be strict laws on manufacturing and quality of helmets. In addition, ISHIMA also suggests that there should be a strict legal action against the manufacturers, suppliers and road side sellers of low-quality helmets.
Recently, the Government has also proposed an 18 percent GST tax on Helmets, however, this decision has not welcomed by helmet manufacturers. To promote road safety the helmets should be exempted under GST and this will also push the sales of quality helmets. In 2010, Supreme court order that manufacturer of both the motorcycle and helmet to sell helmet at every purchase.
Source: Financial Express
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