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    Hi,

    Can somebody please point me in the direction of the regulations with regards motorcycle crash helmets?

    What is legal / not legal etc?

    Many thanks

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    Most people refer to the Sharp ratings:

    https://sharp.dft.gov.uk/

    But my opinion is this: buy the best helmet you can afford.
    Name brands and quality helmets include Arai, Shark, Shoei, HJC, AGV, Caberg, Icon, LS2, Schuberth, Airoh, Simpson, Bell, etc.

    Generally speaking, that cheap POS R400 helmet at a flea market WILL NOT protect your head even if you wore it in the garden and walked into a tree, case closed.


    What legalities exactly are you looking at?
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    I found this old thread: https://forum.thinkbike.co.za/showth...met+allowed%3F

    I see one guy quotes the following from gov website:

    Compulsory wearing of protective helmet in respect of motor cycle

    207. (1) No person shall drive or be a passenger on a motor cycle, motor tricycle or a motor quadrucycle, or be a passenger in the side-car attached to a motor cycle, on a public road, unless he or she is wearing a protective helmet--

    which is specially designed for use in connection with such cycle; and
    which fits him or her properly and of which the chin strap is properly fastened under the chin.
    (2) The driver of a motor cycle, motor tricycle or motor quadrucycle shall ensure that any passenger in or on such cycle who is younger than 14 years, complies with the provisions of subregulation (1).


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    There are 3 recognised "standards" in play worldwide. DOT (US), SNELL (US) and ECE (European)

    Have not seen anything in law except for what is shown earlier. Arrive Alive https://www.arrivealive.mobi/motorcy...-a-safe-helmet mentions that an SABS approved helmet is required.

    BikeGrear https://bikegear.co.za/wp-content/up...-Standards.pdf mentions that ECE approval is required.

    Personally I would check for an ECE approved and sharp tested helmet.

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    I have heard different stories such as a helmet has to cover your ears, and was trying to clarify and get the actual regs.

    I saw the bit that Knot posted, but it was on a 2008 thread on a different forum so was just checking if anything had changed. At this point it looks like you can wear anything you like as long as you wear something that fits and was designed for that purpose and you fasten it.

    No requirement in there for the DOT/ECE standard, I would assume then that those regs are in the import rules.

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    Interesting, so I think it is safe to assume that the law does not prescribe any safety rating requirements apart from the helmet being designed for a motorcycle and has a strap. I see SABS reference only refers to seat belts. So I guess choosing helmets rated DOT, sharp etc is up to the individual?


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    From what I can gather, the safety ratings etc are in the import regs and helmets need to be homolugated, so in theory (??) you should only be able to buy legal helmets, but we know thet there are a bunch of helmets styles out there that are probably not proper. This looks to be like our lane splitting, lots of stories but in reality, somewhat grey

    here is a list of homolugated helmets https://www.nrcs.org.za/content.asp?subID=61#1


    Quote Originally Posted by KNOT View Post
    Interesting, so I think it is safe to assume that the law does not prescribe any safety rating requirements apart from the helmet being designed for a motorcycle and has a strap. I see SABS reference only refers to seat belts. So I guess choosing helmets rated DOT, sharp etc is up to the individual?

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    There are even arguments about the standards themselves. On the SHARP
    testing, some argue that some helmets could be designed just to do
    well on the SHARP test instead of being very realistic.

    Also, about what's available here, what would stop someone from
    selling or buying a helmet that's for "costume" or "display" purposes
    and riding with that anyway?

    On another note, it's also worth thinking about how comfortable or
    uncomfortable they can get. That could be really distracting and for
    that reason, unsafe too.

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    This is why the only standard of any use is the British Department of Transport (Sharp) is the only standard in my opinion. It was researched extremely well, using actual accident head injuries, both serious and fatal to standardise their testing. People can debate all they like, but a helmet should be designed to adhere to the Sharp testing specs. It is no different to designing a car to pass the NCAP testing. This is also the only one that takes the different areas of the helmet into consideration during testing. Also, they will only test a helmet that passed the ECE 22-05 standard. You cannot go wrong with a helmet tested by Sharp.

    As for comfort, how do you test that? It is impossible. The buyer must do that test prior to purchase.

    Quote Originally Posted by KNOT View Post
    Interesting, so I think it is safe to assume that the law does not prescribe any safety rating requirements apart from the helmet being designed for a motorcycle and has a strap. I see SABS reference only refers to seat belts. So I guess choosing helmets rated DOT, sharp etc is up to the individual?
    DOT (USA) is pretty much worthless. You can get DOT approval on the promise to build the helmet according to their standard.

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    Sure and you make perfect sense. There is context for all this
    though, SHARP is focused on very serious head impact considerations
    right?

    Body, neck, spine, internal bleeding/organs, puncture wounds, it's
    still pretty limited and then there's circumstance as these things
    happen.

    I didn't mean they should test for comfort. It's that cheaper/novelty
    items aren't just cheaper because they aren't as safe, they also
    won't often be made as well.

    What if they're not balanced well? What if they don't wear in as
    well even if they fit well at first? What if they hurt regardless of
    how they fit? What if the visor is distorted/warps or stains in a
    more unusual way? -that kind of thing.

    Without some of this affecting function at some point, that could be
    really uncomfortable (distracting) or compromising and that's not
    just subjective if it's difficult to try and see out of or breathe in
    or if it's extremely heavy and tiring. Just as a silly example, I'm
    sure it's not too difficult to make an extremely safe helmet more
    easily if function/features/cost isn't also a concern or a helmet
    that looks really cool and isn't.

    I am on your side here, I just think there's more to all this than it
    would seem at face value and better helmets would take more of that
    up and at different lengths for different reasons.

    These things exist because they sell, which doesn't make it right.
    I don't see local delivery guys spending thousands of Rand on a
    helmet though, which isn't ideal either.

    Implementing and improving standards is a great principle. It would
    be nice to see all of this be taken up just as well in practice also.

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