IRF Calls for Zero GST on Helmets to Enhance Road Safety

The International Road Federation (IRF) has urged the GST Council and Ministry of Finance to reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on helmets from 18% to zero. This move aims to make helmets more affordable and increase their usage, thus reducing road accident fatalities among two-wheeler riders.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 12-06-2024 13:38 IST | Created: 12-06-2024 13:38 IST
IRF Calls for Zero GST on Helmets to Enhance Road Safety
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The International Road Federation (IRF) has made a significant appeal to the GST Council and the Ministry of Finance, urging a reduction in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on helmets from 18 per cent to nil. The IRF believes this measure will encourage the widespread use of helmets, a critical safety gear.

In a formal statement, the IRF highlighted that two-wheeler riders are particularly vulnerable in road accidents, which often result in fatalities. Lowering the GST on helmets is expected to make them more accessible to the public, amidst rising road accident fatalities. According to a Bosch Report, India accounts for about 12 per cent of road accident deaths globally, with an economic loss estimated between USD 15.71 billion to USD 38.81 billion.

K K Kapila, IRF president emeritus, emphasized that almost 31.4 per cent of road accident fatalities involve two-wheeler riders suffering from head injuries. The lack of helmet usage is particularly pronounced among economically weaker and lower-income groups who often purchase inferior quality helmets. Currently, the GST on helmets is 18 per cent. IRF's recommendation to abolish GST on helmets could lead to increased usage of standard helmets, potentially reducing injuries and fatalities. Kapila reiterated the mandatory nature of helmet usage under Section 129 of the Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.

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