Road Transport Ministry India: BIS certification for motorbike helmets to become mandatory

In a significant step for public safety, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in India has issued a new regulation mandating BIS-certified helmets for all two-wheeler riders (like motorbikes) in India: The Central Government, in close collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), has issued the Helmets for Two-Wheeler Riders (Quality Control) Regulations, 2020.

According to this new regulation, all helmets must comply with the Indian Standard IS 4151: 2015 – Protective helmet for two-wheeler riders and bear the standard mark of BIS certification as per Schedule-I of Annexure-II of the BIS (Conformity Assessment) Regulations 2018.

This landmark order, which has been in force since June 1, 2021, designates the Bureau of Indian Standards as the certifying and enforcing authority for quality control of helmets. This important role of the BIS aims to maintain the highest safety standards for two-wheeler riders in India and reduce the risk of serious injuries.

About the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS): BIS is the national standards body of India, established under the BIS Act, 2016. It is responsible for the harmonious development of standardisation, marking and quality certification activities for goods and articles to ensure public health and safety.

If you have any questions on these or other points or would like a copy of a standard, please contact us at any time. Our long-standing contacts with all relevant Indian authorities allow us to respond quickly and we are happy to support you in any certification project.

Our contact information can be found here.