Government officials and foreign delegates emphasized the need for local manufacturers to produce certified motorcycle helmets in order to increase accessibility and affordability, ensuring road safety. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Bangladesh government and BRAC, organized an advocacy event to promote the use of standard helmets during UN Road Safety Week.
Currently, all certified helmets are imported, and local manufacturers lack certification from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI). Strict implementation of laws, monitoring, and awareness among stakeholders was also discussed at the event. The BSTI director general stated that no substandard helmets could be found in Bangladesh since a gazette notification was issued in October 2022. The WB country director highlighted that standardized helmets can reduce head injuries by up to 44%. With a majority of helmets being imported, producing locally made helmets would offer a more affordable option for consumers.