Bengaluru traffic police have stated that helmets having United States' DoT and Europe's ECE - are not acceptable. Only riders who wear ISI-marked helmets will not be penalized when the rule comes into force from February 1, police said.
The orders to enforce the rule in Bengaluru city comes days after the Mysuru police's campaign against poor quality helmets caught the attention of Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.
Meanwhile, many bikers have questioned the additional commission on why wearing the supposedly safer helmets certified by DOT and ECE would attract penalty. In response to it, the commissioner tweeted,
Many people repeatedly asking about helmets. Please read the following.— R Hithendra, IPS. (@AddlCPTraffic) January 23, 2018
1. Section 129 of Indian Motor vehicles act,
2. Section 230 of karnataka motor vehicle rules and
3. Section 138 of central motor vehicle rules.
BTP only follow the rules.
A lot of motorcyclists riding high-end superbikes opt for imported helmets that are DOT/ECE certified but don't have the ISI mark on them as their manufacturers do not apply for ISI certification. The helmets that are DOT and ECE are said to be of a higher quality and protection standard when compared to those with ISI certification.