The helmets will be made lighter and affordable due to the new ISI standards
From January 15, 2019, the manufacturers will have to ensure that the maximum weight of a standard ISI helmet will be reduced to 1.2kg rather than the current 1.5kg . The new standard has been introduced by the BIS (bureau of Indian Standards).
As per the regulations of Transport Ministry of India, the sale of non-ISI helmets will be an offence. The new regulations might ensure that all the two wheeler riders are wearing standardised ISI helmets which actually save their head, rather than roadside ones, which only save them from cops. This will also help the government to reduce the number of deaths on roads.
Rajeev kapur, President of ISI helmets manufacturer association said, “This step will help bring down the number of fatal road accidents and will curb malpractices and the sale of spurious and fake roadside helmets.”
We believe that the lighter helmets will convince more people to use them, as it is expected that lighter weight won’t affect the safety factor of the helmet. Also there are not many things known about the quality and safety features testing of the helmets due to new regulations.
Many of the imported helmet brands embrace international safety standards like ECE, SNELL, DOT and Sharp weighs around 1.3 to 1.5 kg. However there are some helmets which meet all the international standards and weigh less than 1.2 kg. These are however made of high quality composite material or carbon fibre, which could dig a hole in the pocket.
Very recently, we reviewed an India based, ECE certified helmet. Check it out here: http://www.bikersforgood.com/how-good-are-the-smk-helmets/