South Australia to introduce new motorcycle helmet standards

08 Mar 2016

Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas has announced that ECE 22.05 standard helmets will soon be able to be worn by motorcyclists in South Australia.

“Choosing the best motorbike helmet in terms of crash worthiness and fit can substantially reduce chances of acquiring a brain injury in the event of a crash,” Mr Malinauskas said.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) 22.05 was developed from an in depth study of head injuries to motorcycle riders and is used in Europe and many other countries around the world.

“Until recently, Commonwealth consumer protection laws prevented these helmets from being sold in Australia.

“Now that ECE 22.05 standard helmets can be legally sold, the South Australian Government will update our laws so that these helmets can be worn here,” Mr Malinauskas said.

The Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014 will also be updated to remove from the list of approved helmet standards, all standards and models pre-dating 1988.

Current provisions allowing a bicycle helmet to be used by a motorcycle passenger under the age of six years will also be removed.

11 motorcyclists were killed and more than 100 were seriously injured on South Australian roads in 2015.

The introduction of ECE 22.05 Standard motorcycle helmets and the removal of outdated standards both bolster the safety of motorcycle riders and promote consistency with the majority of Australian states and territories.

The laws are expected to come into effect by May 2016. 

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