New Delhi: Cricket maestro and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has sought action against manufacturers of low-quality helmets.An active campaigner of road safety, Tendulkar has been routinely seen urging people to use helmets, during traffic signal halts, in social media posts.
Sachin Tendulkar said given the high rate of accidents involving two-wheeler drivers, it is important that safety equipment for them is of highest quality. He writes a letter to transport minister Nitin Gadkari,
“I am writing to you to request your ministry to consider action against helmet manufacturers using low grade material and selling it with a fake ISI mark. As sportspersons, we understand the importance of using original high-quality safety equipment when we go to play on the field,” Tendulkar stated in his letter.
Citing media reports, Tendulkar said that over 70 per cent of bike riders in India end up buying fake helmets.”The same original high-quality standards need to be maintained when it comes to helmets that will be used by two-wheeler riders in India,” he added.
“This is an absolutely alarming situation considering two-wheelers accounted for over 30 per cent of road accidents, the highest among all kind of accidents in 2016. The availability of fake helmets is a danger to two-wheeler riders considering that wearing an appropriate helmet improves chances of survival of bikers by 42 per cent,” Tendulkar said.
“I look forward to your prompt action and extend my full support to your office to promote safe two-wheeler riding among our citizens,” he added. The 44-year-old said large-scale awareness drives should be launched to educate people about the importance of using quality safety gear.