Non-ISI helmets: Cost factor runs over safety standards in city

Port Blair
18 Jun 2018

At a time when helmets have been made mandatory for pillion riders on two-wheelers, sale of non-ISI (Indian Standard Institute) marking helmets has registered a surge in these islands particularly in the city. Challaning drivers and pillion riders without the safety gear is on the top chart of the traffic cops these days, safety of course being the concern, but use of sub-standard helmets, that may prove more costly, is probably lacking attention.
“Motorists appear to be more concerned about the cost of helmets than their safety. As a result, the use of sub-standard helmets has gone up. Drivers even put at risk people they drive on pillion handing over non-ISI marked helmets. That way, though they are able to avoid penalty, but they are risking their lives. Traffic police only check if a motorist is wearing a helmet. They don’t check for quality. One cannot blame the traffic police, as it is hard for them to check quality as well. However, it’s just a beginning of a new safety norm that needs to be implemented in these islands because of the rising vehicular population here. Things are sure to improve,” said a resident of Aberdeen Bazar.
As per Section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and Rule 114 of ANIMVR, 2006 and in compliance to the direction of Supreme Court, it is mandatory for every person driving or riding 2-wheeler to wear a protective headgear (Helmet) including pillion riders, conforming to the Bureau of Indian Standards excepting persons of Sikh community wearing the turban besides other exemption made by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration from time to time and it is to be securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of straps or other fastening device provided on the headgear. (EOIC)