Two Wheeler Dealers Association in Rajasthan has planned on approaching the Rajasthan High Court against State Transport Department orders of offering two free helmets on each two wheeler sold.
The law was introduced earlier this month and follows the Rajasthan Motor Vehicle Rule 1990 that both the rider and pillion rider should wear helmets. According to the new regulation, these helmets should be provided free of cost by vehicle manufacturers and should be BIS – Bureau of Indian Standards approved.
Two wheeler dealers have been facing reduced sales over the past year while this new regulation would increase their financial onus and cut into profits. Each pair of BIS approved helmets would entail an additional cost of INR 950-1,000 which already considering lower dealer margins would be difficult to absorb.
Two Wheeler Dealers Association has written to State Transport Minister, Mr. Yunus Khan to pull back the rule or at least ensure that these free helmets are provided by the manufacturers themselves along with the vehicle.
Central Motor Vehicle Rules Act mandates that all two wheeler buyers should get 5 items along with the bike. While the helmet is one of them as safety cannot be compromised, the Kerala Government issued a circular last month directing two wheeler dealers to provide helmet, number plate, rear view mirror, saree guard and grab handle free of cost to every two wheeler buyer.
The Kerala Transport Minister also indicated that those dealers who do not comply with this regulation could find their certificates cancelled.