The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to adopt the European ECE 22.05 Motorcycle helmet safety standards in South Australia to allow safer and cheaper helmet options for motorcyclists.
“SA motorcyclists have been asking for the new helmet standards, which are based on a technical analysis of motorcycle crashes to provide greater shock absorption and chin bar protection,” said Shadow Minister for Transport Corey Wingard.
The ECE Helmets also offer the following safety benefits:
- There is a far wider range of helmets available under ECE which will allow motorcyclists to obtain a better fitting helmet. In 20 per cent of all fatalities nationally, the motorcyclist had an incorrectly fitted helmet.
- Current AS1698 Helmets have no chin bar test despite recommendations from numerous studies over the last 30 years.
- ECE Helmets have chin bar tests and the ECE developed chin bar test has since been adopted in the FIA 8860-2004 Advanced Helmet Test Specification, which is designed for use in Formula 1 motor racing.
ECE Helmets are legal in more than 50 countries worldwide, including Germany, the UK and New Zealand, and are 1 of only 3 allowed standards in MotoGP.
“Currently the ECE helmets are illegal in South Australia, which means that motorcyclists who have assessed that the European standards will give them the best protection for their riding habits are unable to ride with that helmet.
“If the Government refuses to make these changes, the State Liberals will introduce legislation into Parliament next year.
“South Australian motorcyclists deserve the choice to use the helmet that is safest for them.
“Queensland, Victoria, and the Northern Territory have already adopted the standards; our road safety should not be left to lag behind that of other states.
“With more fatalities on our roads compared to this time last year, the Government needs to do everything it can to make sure our road users stay as safe as possible.”