In 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned all helmets made after 2007, including helmets made before that date.
The helmets had become an emblem of bad cycling culture.
Many of the helmets are made of recycled plastic and plastic materials like glass, rubber, rubber bands, rubber cement and even plastic sheeting, which are commonly used in other products.
“If you take the helmet that’s been used for many years, the plastic content in it is going to degrade and will eventually fall out of use,” said Rishi Jha, an advocate with the National Centre for Science and Environment (NCSE), an NGO.
“It will get damaged.
In some cases, it will be completely useless.
In other cases, the helmet will degrade and become unusable.”
The helmet industry had been lobbying hard to get the ban lifted.
A major lobbying campaign by the helmet industry and its lobbyists was launched in 2014 with the help of the World Food Programme, World Health Organisation (WHO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Medical Association (WMA) and the National Council of Medical Research (NCMR).
But the ban was not lifted.
“The helmet industry did everything it could to push for a ban,” said Jha.
“But when it comes to the government, it is still pushing for it.
It is trying to convince the government to keep it.”
One helmet industry lobbyist said that there was a “good deal of resistance” to the helmet ban, but he was optimistic that a legislative solution could be found.
“We have got a lot of support from the people in the helmet manufacturers.
We have been campaigning for the ban to be lifted and the ban on using plastic in helmets has also been lifted,” said Manoj Sharma, who heads the Helmet Manufacturers Association of India (HMAI).
“There is also support from all over the country for the helmet legislation.”
But with the support of the helmet lobby, it appears unlikely that the helmet makers will be able to get a permanent ban lifted on the face coverings.