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Indian vendors told to sell crash helmets with bikes

Article posted: 09/07/2010 16:00:00
Motorbikes in India must now be sold with a crash helmetMotorbikes in India must now be sold with a crash helmet

India's Supreme Court has taken a significant step towards securing the safety of all the country's bikers.

It is to be mandatory for anyone selling a motorcycle in the country to also provide a motorcycle helmet in the transaction.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers had pleaded that it would be unfair to expect anyone who was buying their second bike to have to buy another crash helmet.

However, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal, saying anyone shelling out Rs40,000 (£564) for a bike could afford another Rs300 (£4.20) for a motorcycle helmet.

Indian authorities hope this new ruling will protect local bikers when they are on the road.

The next issue to be addressed is educating riders on how a crash helmet should be worn.

Dr MC Mishra, chief of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, told the Times of India that wearing a motorcycle helmet with the straps undone - a common problem in India - can actually make a potential head injury worse.

Posted by Simon Danckwerts.

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