Dealers protest govt directive to provide free helmets with bikes; to move court
New Delhi: Two-wheeler dealers across Rajasthan will suspend sales from Saturday to protest against the state government’s decision to make it compulsory to provide two ISImarked helmets free to every two-wheeler buyer.
“We are writing to the minister informing him about the decision to stop sales of twowheelers across the state from tomorrow till the decision is revoked. We want either the government to take back the decision or the manufacturer to provide us with helmets,” Sai Gridhar, secretary of Authorised Motor Vehicle Dealer Association (AMVDA), told ET.
He also said the association will also move high court on the subject. “We are meeting the lawyer today (Friday) and will also move HC,” he said.
In a notice dated March 29, the transport department of Rajasthan told two-wheeler sellers, as representatives of the manufacturer, to provide two helmets. On February 24, the department had issued a notification asking dealers to provide helmet sales receipt along with the application to get the registration done.
“It is totally unfair if we have to provide two helmets with each bike. Our entire margin will disappear,” said Ninkuj Sanghi, a Hero Moto dealer in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
The dealers were planning to suspend sales within two days of the announcement, but deferred the plan after the minister’s intervention.
“We may revise the decision of providing it “free”, but dealers will have to give two helmets whether they get it from the manufacturer or add to the cost.,” Yunus Khan, transport minister of Rajasthan told ET.