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Harley Davidson owners urge Mumbai police to allow foreign helmets.

New Delhi, Dec. 26 -- The latest rule of ISI marked helmets only in Mumbai has already created a furore among the foreign bike owners who also wear imported head gears. According to a report in The Times of India, Harley Davidson owners have appealed to the Mumbai traffic police to recognize helmets with American Department of Transportation (DOT) and Australian certification logos.

According to the report, last month, Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik had instructed the traffic department to fine all bikers wearing helmets without the ISI certification mark. Police booked hundreds, including owners of foreign bikes who wear helmets certified by Australian, Italian and American authorities. The report quoted Debashish Ghosh, owner of a Harley Davidson bike as saying "The purpose of the police commissioner's directive was to send a strong message to those using cheap plastic helmets. But the cops carrying out the order have failed to understand that helmets certified by the DOT are among the safest in the world."

The report stated that ever since the police began the drive, some bikers who use cheap helmets have managed to hoodwink them by painting or sticking ISI logos on their helmets. "Traffic constables are fining us for helmets with a DOT logo but they are unable to decipher forged ones," said Monit Pahwa. It was mentioned that ISI-mark helmets adhere to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards. According to these, the shell of the helmet is required to be of non-metallic material. The retention system material for the chin strap and headband has to be sweat-resistant, non-irritant and not cause skin disease. These helmets, conditioned by solvents, ultra-violet, heat and cold, are tested for impact absorption. The American Department of Transportation (DOT) rating is based on dropping the helmets from a height of ten feet. A stimulated head is placed inside the helmet to measure the degree of impact. The head cannot receive more than 400 G-force units on impact, according to the report.

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Date:Dec 26, 2011
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