Queensland recently put forward to adopt the Euro helmet standard and now Victoria is next in line to adopt them too! Hopefully the rest of the country will have the common sense to adopt Euro helmet standards giving us more choice and hopefully cheaper helmets?
- Riders and passengers must wear an approved helmet that meets one of the following standards as set out in Victorian Government Gazette No. G 31 Thursday 6 August 2015 (pp. 1720-1721) –
- AS 1698-1988; or
- AS/NZS 1698:2006 (or any later version of that standard); or
- ECE 22.05 (or any later version of that standard).
- If a face shield or visor is fitted to the helmet, it must meet the same requirements specified in the standard for the helmet to which it is attached.
- All helmets must be marked to show that they comply with the relevant Australian Standard or ECE 22.05.
- The marking requirements vary according to which standard the helmet meets and the date on which it was manufactured (if made in Australia) or the date on which it was imported into Australia (if not made in Australia).
Marking requirements for helmets that meet AS 1698-1988 or AS/NZS 1698:2006
- For helmets that comply with AS 1698-1988 or AS/NZS 1698:2006 (or any later version of AS/NZS 1698:2006) and which are manufactured in, or imported into, Australia before 1 July 2012, the helmet must be marked with an official standards mark certifying compliance with the relevant standard.
- For helmets that comply with AS 1698-1988 or AS/NZS 1698:2006 (or any later version of AS/NZS 1698:2006) and which are manufactured in, or imported into, Australia on or after 1 July 2012, the helmet must be marked with the symbol of a body accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), certifying compliance with the relevant standard.
- Accredited companies that certify motorcycle helmets can be found on the JAS-ANZ website.
- Four bodies are accredited by JAS-ANZ to certify that motorcycle helmets comply with AS/NZS 1698. The labels that may be applied to helmets by each of these bodies are shown below.
Marking requirements for helmets that meet ECE 22.05
For helmets that comply with ECE 22.05, the helmet must bear a label displaying an international approval mark. The label may, for example, appear as a sticker on the outside of the helmet or as a label sewn into the retention system of the helmet.
The mark will be in the form of a circle surrounding the letter “E”, followed by the distinguishing number of the country that has granted approval. The number to the right of the “E” may vary from one model of helmet to another.
The mark must be accompanied by
- the approval number under which approval was granted; and
- a dash and either the symbol “J”, “P” or “NP”, depending on whether the helmet does not have a lower face cover (J), has a protective lower face cover (P) or has a non-protective lower face cover (NP); and
- a dash followed by the production serial number for the helmet concerned.
- An example of the arrangement of the approval mark is shown below.