KARACHI: Additional IGP, has requested the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) to take action against the firm’s which are manufacturing sub-standard motorbike helmets.
In a communication to the Director General of PSQCA, the AIGP said “As head of Traffic police I want to bring a very serious issue to the notice of your department for taking initiative for cancellation of NOCs of the firms which are manufacturing sub-standard helmets as these helmets are root cause of most of the deaths of motorcyclists in road accidents.
“It has been observed on the basis of data of fatal road accidents that most of the victims (motorcyclists) died in such accidents as a consequence of penetrating of broken sub-standard plastic into their skulls”.
“If the helmets had not been of sub-standard material, the precious lives of the motorcyclists in such road accidents could have been avoided”.
“It would not be out of place to mention that the helmets being manufactured by different firms and available for sale in the markets are of sub-standard material which are contributing in the deaths of the motorcyclists rather than protecting them from head injuries”.
“Apart from causing death of the motorcyclists, the other drawback of these sub-standard helmets is that they are also being used by the criminals to commit target killing / street crime because it is easy for the criminals to hide their faces behind the dark glasses of such helmets while robbing the citizens of their valuables on gunpoint”.
“Thus the manufacturing and sale of these sub-standard helmets is a national hazard. Hence it is imperative to cancel the NOCs of the firms which are manufacturing and marketing such sub-standard helmets by notifying them a policy by your authority that only those firms manufacturing quality based helmets will be given NOC to market the same for use by the general public. Such policy should make it binding upon the manufacturers of helmets that they will use the durable material and fix transparent glasses in the helmets so that faces of those using such helmets could easily be seen”.
“These measures will not only curtail the death graph of motorcyclists in road accidents but will result in identifying and arresting the culprits involved in street crime because the transparent glasses of the helmets will no more protect their identity”.
“I would therefore request that the NOCs of all the firms which are manufacturing and marketing the sub-standard helmets may please be canceled thereby issuing a policy of passing the quality of the helmets which are of quality material having transparent glasses and meet the European standard”.
“This request is being made in the interest of saving precious human lives on the road and protect the citizens from being robbed”, the AIGP concluded.