India is home to one of the largest two-wheeler markets and also has one of the highest road fatalities rate. In a bid to improve road safety, dealers in Tamil Nadu have been instructed to provide buyers with a BIS-certified helmet with every new two-wheeler purchase.
In a recent notification, the Tamil Nadu government's transport department has reiterated its view to reduce road fatalities, and especially to improve safety for two-wheeler riders and pillions.
The Transport Commissioner of Tamil Nadu, in a letter last month to manufacturers and dealers, has instructed them to supply a helmet with every new two-wheeler purchase. The same has to be ensured by the RTOs, and the report of which would be submitted to the Transport Commissioner’s office every month.
The Two Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association has welcomed the Tamil Nadu government’s move that will be beneficial for two-wheeler riders. In addition, this initiative will also help cut down on sales of fake ISI helmet, which are sold in local markets and footpaths.