Deal­ers protest govt direc­tive to pro­vide free hel­mets with bikes; to move court

The Economic Times - - Companies: Pursuit Of Profit - Nabeel.Khan @times­group.com

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.

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