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The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and the Standards Institution of Sri Lanka (SLSI) are to draft fresh regulations and on the standard specifications, pricing and display pertaining to helmets, a senior official at the CAA said last week.

Accordingly, the new regulations are expected to be finalized and gazetted by end of next month after a series of discussions between both institutions and relevant stakeholders.

Chairman, CAA, Rumy Marzook speaking to
The Nation Gain stated that the move for fresh regulations was to be initiated due to requests by the Police and the National Council for Passenger Safety.

Amendments would be made by the CAA in line with Article 12 of the Consumer Act, which states that the CAA may by notification published in the Gazette adopt such standards and specifications prescribed by the SLSI relating to the production, manufacture, supply, storage, transportation and sale of any goods, and to the supply of any services, its standards and specifications.

Accordingly, both the CAA and SLSI are to commence discussions pertaining to the new regulations in the near future. The SLSI had already issued a product standard (SLS 517) for helmets.

Accordingly, the specifications issued by the SLSI are currently being studied by the legal experts of the CAA and talks between both institutions would commence after studying the relevant documents.

Director General, SLSI, Dr. L.N. Senaweera speaking to The Nation Gain also stated that there was a need for fresh regulations to be implemented for the benefit of the commuters.

“We already have given a standard, SLS 517 for helmets. However, a directive needs to be issued by the CAA, making it mandatory for helmets to conform to the required standards,” he said.