Nitin Gadkari Announces Line Of Light, Low-Cost Helmets To Combat Fakes

| February 4 , 2018 , 13:20 IST

Union Minister for Road Transport And Highways Nitin Gadkari is planning to launch a line of light helmets that would be low in cost and good in quality, he said in an interview on Sunday.

When asked a question about the sale of substandard and fake helmets in an interview to ET, he said "Mostly people are price sensitive and end up buying cheap helmets from the roadside without realising that in case of an accident such helmets cannot save them. The risk of fatal injuries doubles if the rider is not wearing a good quality helmet. Though we have notified standards for helmets and have to be BIS-approved ISI mark, people don't often buy them." 

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Gadkari informed that his Ministry also formed a committee that has suggested a ban on the production of substandard helmets, to ensure that people that people don't go for such helmets. He added, "we have been asking manufacturers to think some innovative designs and come up with light helmets that work well in a tropical climate and are not very expensive so that they become accessible to the majority of people."

He notified that a committee has also been formed for the redesigning of helmets, adding that the poor design of helmets is one big reason for their lower usage.

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On the of the data of road accidents, Gadkari said "there's no number available but, as you know, two-wheeler riders are at the maximum risk in case of an accident. We have been working towards reducing the number accidents by half in India in the next three years." 

He further said that around 1.5 lakh people are killed in road accidents every year. He stated that his Ministry has been actively promoting helmets through media and also conducting awareness campaigns.