Motor Vehicles Act 1988
129. Wearing of protective headgear.
Every person driving or riding (otherwise than in a side car, on a motor cycle of any class or description) shall, while in a public place, wear 1[protective headgear conforming to the standards of Bureau of Indian Standards]:
Provided that the provisions of this sections shall not apply to a person who is a Sikh, if he is, while driving or riding on the motor cycle, in a public place, wearing a turban:
Provided further that the State Government may, by such rules, provide for such exceptions as it may think fit.
Explanation.-“Protective headgear” means a helmet which,-
(a) by virtue of its shape, material and construction, could reasonably be expected to afford to the person driving or riding on a motor cycle a degree or protection from injury in the event of an accident; and
(b) is securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of straps or
other fastenings provided on the headgear.
1. Subs. by Act 54 of 1994, sec. 38, for certain words (w.e.f. 14-11-1994).