Road safety organisations appeals to take strict action

In the recent fake helmet racket busted in Cyberabad (Hyderabad). It was identified that the culprits belong to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, and were manufacturing and selling fake ISI mark helmets under the nose of authorities in Ghaziabad and in whole India. The culprits were arrested on January 10 at Ghaziabad.

In view of increasing menace of sale, distribution and usage of low quality fake ISI marked helmets in the city, Cyberabad Traffic Police constituted a special team to identify and conduct raid on the manufacturing units and godown storing them.

The special team identified such manufacturing companies at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and arrested Dheeraj Kumar and Anil Kumar when they were manufacturing, supplying such low quality fake ISI marked helmets in the city in the name of O2 Helmets (manufactured by Aashirwad Helmets & Accessories) and Welfare, Hood and Duro Helmets (manufactured by Welfare Enterprises). In this regard, police registered 10 FIRs (Criminal Cases) against them.

Cyberabad Police has discovered the roots of the racket were in Ghaziabad (UP). Despite the ban on non-ISI Helmets, numerous small manufacturing units have developed their base in Ghaziabad and has turned Ghaziabad into well-known hub for manufacturing Fake ISI Helmets.

Trax, a leading NGO dedicated towards Road Safety, since more than 11 years has appealed the concerned government to take strict action against the culprits as so many innocent lives were at stake because of these low quality fake ISI helmets which are sold and distributed across nook and corner of the country.

“Rajni Gandhi, member of TRAX sees road safety as a human right issue, she says that our market is flooded with sub-standard, fake ISI helmets and it is unaffordable for us to risks lives of our consumers, and hence, we want the government to take action regarding this matter as soon as possible.

It seems that there must be some nexus between the fake helmet manufacturers and authorities as it isn’t possible to manufacture and sell these fake and spurious helmets in such a large quantity at pan India level.

The number of people getting killed while driving two-wheelers without helmets and also wearing fake ISI helmet is extremely high and is a big matter of concern for the government. We will be forced to be on the road, if no actions are taken against these fake helmets manufacturers and those who are selling these helmets.”

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued a notification, according to which the Government has banned the manufacturing, sale and usage of non-ISI helmets for two-wheelers from October 2020. A grace period of two months was given for non-ISI helmet sellers to clear their stock, and also for the public to buy ISI-marked helmets. Post the grace period, even first-time offenders will be arrested without a warrant. The offence also amounts to a jail time of 2 years, or a fine of 2 lakh rupees.