Your helmet-mounted GoPro might result in the suspension of your driving privilege.

Kerala has just prohibited helmet cameras, and doing so would result in a Rs 1,000 punishment.

Have we not all loved filming our trips down winding roads in picturesque settings? So, forget about strapping a helmet camera on your head as Kerala's Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has outlawed them.

According to an internal circular distributed to MVD officers, wearing a helmet mounted camera is punishable by a Rs 1,000 fine. Additionally, it mandates that if required, offenders' driving privileges be revoked for three months. Due to the circular nature of this rule, it cannot be contested in court. however, if a driver wearing a helmet and a camera is fined, a legal appeal to this judgement may be made.

The Kerala Motor Vehicle Department has already suggested banning helmet-mounted cameras. The Kerala MVD planned to outlaw helmet cameras last year, claiming that their use distracted drivers and caused accidents. The justification for the restriction, meanwhile, is entirely different this time.

According to the Kerala MVD, placing cameras on helmets compromises the helmet's structural integrity, which results in less-than-ideal performance in the case of an accident. The department went on to give a few examples of these situations.

It is common knowledge that riding recklessly on public highways is unsafe. Many videos on social media show young people engaging in risky stunts, racing, and flagrantly breaking traffic laws in an effort to stand out and win the approval of their friends.

Riders who wish to keep a record of their rides as well as having video proof in case they get into accidents will be impacted by this helmet camera prohibition. In the past, dash cam videos from drivers' cameras have saved lives following collisions by demonstrating their innocence to witnesses and law enforcement.

It seems doubtful that the MVD will complain if the cameras are mounted on the bikes themselves, hence this is a feasible alternative for motorcyclists in Kerala. Camera-mounted helmets are worn by riders all over the world. However, other people are worried that helmet cams would lessen crash protection. The majority of racetracks forbid body-mounted and helmet-mounted cameras.

In reality, the usage of action cameras on helmets has been outlawed by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), one of the most well-known organizations that oversee professional motorsport. Investigation into the 2013 skiing accident involving F1 veteran Michael Schumacher accused the action camera installed on his helmet for contributing to the severe brain injuries he received.

However, testing carried out by other organizations under controlled circumstances show that cameras attached on helmets may have helped the helmet operate by deflecting part of the collision force.

Manufacturers of action cameras also claim that the camera mounts shatter in a collision, protecting the rider from any injury; however, they also disavow all responsibility by warning users that they use such cameras at their own risk. Action camera attachment and even sticker application to crash helmets are not advised by helmet manufacturers.

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