Bengaluru Police has lifted the ban on non-ISI helmets in the city. After receiving heavy backlash from the Twitterati and motorcycle enthusiasts on the illogical ban that covered expensive helmets too, the Police department asked for the clarification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The concerned department wrote a letter to the commissioner as a reply in which it was clearly stated that there is no way that one can judge the safety standards of the helmet by just a visual examination. While the ban was primarily intended for substandard helmet owners, it also covered much safer helmets due to the lack of knowledge of the authorities. Initially, when an individual asked about the DOT and ECE approved helmet, the official twitter handle of Bengaluru police department responded that such helmets are allowed and do not come under the ban. Later on, R Hithendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said that the reply was done by someone mistakenly and such helmets will not be allowed and this gave birth to a widespread chaos. As a result, people vented out their aggression and frustration on Bengaluru Police's decision. Looking at the situation, Hithendra sought clarification from BIS and finally, the ban has been lifted.
While the latest decision must have bought a sigh of relief to the owners of the expensive helmets, it will also help escape such people who buy substandard and cheap helmets just to avoid penalties by the traffic police. The ISI helmets start anywhere from as low as Rs 650 while a better quality helmet with DOT certification starts at a minimum of Rs 2500.
We at Express Drives take safety very seriously and constantly remind our readers time to time to wear proper safety gear while riding. For this reason, we urge you to invest in a good quality helmet as there is no substitute for one's life and your life is surely more valuable than the cash you save from buying a substandard helmet.