New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to keep a strict vigil on the manufacture and sale of helmets. Hearing a plea by an NGO, Justice Pratibha M Singh said that there is a need for strict monitoring and supervision over the manufacture and sale of helmets, observing that the safety of the consumers is at stake. The court also directed the BIS to look into the complaints of the NGOs and file a report. This report should indicate the action taken on complaints as well as the steps taken by the authority to monitor helmet manufacturing and sales. So that the ISI symbol is not misused. It is known that the percentage of road accidents in India is similarly high. In India, about six right wheeler drivers lose their lives in road accidents every half an hour.
License canceled but still ISI marking on helmet
Non-governmental organization (NGO) Catalyst Consumer Foundation has claimed in the petition through advocate Tushar A John that the BIS is not monitoring the helmet manufacturing and sale properly. During the hearing, John told the court that some companies are using the ISI symbol even though their license has been cancelled. At the same time, some others are making helmets for that area for which they do not have a license to use the ISI symbol.
Six die every half hour in accident
According to a report in the year 2020 December, every half hour in India, six two-wheeler passengers lose their lives in accidents. In which a major reason was also the poor quality of the helmet. in the year 2019 In total accidents that took their lives, 37 percent were two wheeler drivers. According to the WHO report, there was also mention of loss of life due to bad helmet, as well as it was said that wearing a good quality helmet reduces the risk of head injury by about 69 percent.