KUALA LUMPUR: The National Helmet Initiative of the Transport Ministry is now working on creating awareness that helmets have a lifespan, Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said.
He said there were many motorcyclists and pillion riders who did not realise that helmets could only be used for about five years.
“Many people do not know that all helmets can only be used for a maximum of five years. After that, they will deteriorate,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after attending a Chinese New Year Festival Charity Programme here yesterday.
The event was jointly organised by Da Ma Cai and Turf Clubs.
Ong said even a helmet which has never been used before should be thrown away because it would no longer be fit for use after five years.
He said the ministry hoped businessmen would donate helmets as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“This is to encourage motorcyclists to replace helmets that do not meet the safety requirements,” he said.
He said fulfilling corporate social responsibility was not about seeking glamour. Neither should it be ceremonial.
“Companies should consider the interest of the public.
“By donating helmets that meet safety requirements, the corporate sector can help reduce the death rate on the road,” he said.
It was earlier reported that since the helmet-wearing awareness campaign kicked off in December 2006, some 50,000 helmets had been given out.
Almost 20,000 defective or old helmets were also collected and exchanged for new ones.
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