Helmet – Wear Where

Before anything, let me say I’m glad to be a part of Bangalore Metblogs. :-)

Ok, now for my first post:

There are 2 types of helmet wearers in Bangalore:

1. Those who wear helmets
2. Those who do not wear helmets

But wait, I found out a third type the other day. The type shown below:


Yup, those who wear their helmets on their hands!

I’ve seen many of these ‘hand-helmetters’ in Bangalore and I’ve often wondered about the purpose they’re fulfilling. Do cops only require the riders to carry a helmet with them and not necessarily wear it? I researched a bit on Google and I was shocked and amazed that the law actually allows this (more or less). This is what Section 129 of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act says:

It is mandatory to wear a helmet of ISI standard while riding a motor cycle in public place.

Can’t you see? It does not say WHERE you have to wear the helmet. Anywhere would be fine… hand, leg, in your bag, anywhere! Either these motorists have been reading the law thoroughly and finding out loopholes or they have complete disregard for the law and they’re making a mockery out of it.

But I guess you can’t really blame these ‘hand-helmetters’. They annoy me the most but if you really think about it, they are not actually breaking the law, are they?

18 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    HAHAHAHA! Hey Nisho, Welcome! Hope to see lots of quality posts from you! There is also the 4th type of helmet wearers – like me, for instance, who wrap the helmet around the rear-view mirrors!

  2. SHADOW (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Welcome to MB.Good observation !

  3. Nisho (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    Hey Ravi, careful next time… It might be your picture next time here ;-)

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    @Nisho: Ha, that would make me among the rich & famous, eh? ;)

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Good one Nisho!! Welcome to MB!!

  6. John (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    Helmets are meant or designed to where on head and not on else where, check wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmet, So it does not require to mention exclusuvely on HEAD in rule book and i cant accept it as a loophole in the rule book, Of course riders are breaking the law clearly.
    OK tell me if i ask Nisho Cherison did you had food what does it mean? dont it understood asking about had food with mouth ? or does it mean had food from elsewhere part of the body ?

    Grow up BOY.

  7. silkboard (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Welcome aboard Nisho!

  8. Nisho (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    @John: Dude, relax. The quote on the law was meant to be sarcastic/funny. I’m sorry you didn’t get it. ;-)

    @Others: Thanks guys for your warm welcome :-)

  9. Ravi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    @John: Its plain to see (& read) that the post was half in jest. So take it easy. By the way, if you are really all-knowing, you should identify yourself not as anonymous, faceless John but as Dick! Suits you better, I say!

  10. Karthik C (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    Do you guys ride a bike too ? Coz if you do, you would realize how insanely irritating it is to wear a hlemet in the summer.

    I agree that its for our safety but it would be nice if the gov allowed to us to take care of our own heads… I dont see any sense in wearing a helmet when im hopping a kilometre at a time from one friend’s house to another in the weekend.

    Nothing has ever pushed me so hard to start driving a car in this city which is already running out of space ! Guess thats what the gov wants for some reason

  11. Ushasi (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    Do tell us more about ‘had food from elsewhere part of the body’ John. Sounds fascinating.

  12. Hyde (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    You don’t have to ride a bike to know how uncomfortable it is to wear a helmet during summer. But do you know how it feels to fall off your bike and flat on your face even when you are wearing a helmet?

    My guess is you haven’t. And if it happens when you are not wearing a helmet, my guess is you never will.

  13. saaya (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    Nisho ..nice post !!
    Well I firmly believe helmet is must when you drive and those who claim they dont need one …I dont count them as brave ones :-)

  14. Jekyll (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    Wow, Mr. Hyde, that was brilliant! Hats…er, helmets off to ya!

  15. Lokesh (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    Nisho Bhai, welcome. Laws are always open for interpretation & to be broken, once in a while one can follow it. But all said & done, helmet is good & should be worn on the head at all times.

  16. Karthik C (unregistered) on April 11th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Have people in cars or pedestrians never died of head injuries… Would everyone be ok wearing a helmet inside a car if driving without one was considered dangerous ?

    I have worn my helmet every single day for the last 4 years, to and back from office, irrespective of what the law has been. I know the importance, I was only talking of certain times when you are not going to far and into the traffic and when its a pain to carry it around (its sad to leave the helmet in the bike since theres so much dust around).

    Anyway, I guess I should stop writing such crap till I cool down and figure out the right way to solve the issue. Sorry for the stupid outburst guys.

  17. Rachna Nambiar (unregistered) on April 12th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    I have time and again wanted to drive by the side of these hand-helmetters and remind them that the head is where the helmet belongs. Also another dangerous phenomenon: parents making their children wear oversized helmets, when a helmet can be unsafe if not fitting.

  18. prathap (unregistered) on April 13th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Ha ha!.. may be they will (load)wear the helmet dynamically on the fly ie right exactly at the time when they meet up with an accident and they need to save thier heads!!! but dont know what how will they manage to put on the helmets before thier heads go crashing!

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