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South Australia – Motor bike helmet laws    

The Australian Road Rules require all motor bike riders and any pillion or sidecar passengers to wear an approved motor bike helmet.

There are three motor bike helmet standards approved for use in South Australia. All motor bike helmets worn on public roads must comply with one of the three standards and bear a relevant certification mark:

  • AS 1698-1988; or
  • AS/NZS 1698:2006; or
  • ECE 22.05

An “approved motor bike helmet” must also be in good repair and proper working order and conditions. Examples of a helmet that is in good repair and proper working order and condition are:

  • A helmet that is scratched or marked but the scratch or mark has not
    • Penetrated the helmet’s outer shell; or
    • Damaged the helmet’s retention system; or
    • damaged the helmet’s inner lining.
  • A helmet that is damaged to a degree that might reasonably be expected from the normal use of the helmet.

Full-face helmets offer better face and eye protection than open-face helmets. Around half of all impacts to the head in motorcycle crashes occur to the face. Full-face helmets also offer better wind and sun protection.

Helmet accessories

All approved helmet standards contain information regarding the attachment of accessories to the helmet.

For AS 1698-1988 and AS/NZS 1698:2006 compliant helmets, as indicated in the standard, no attachments should be made to the helmet except those recommended by the helmet manufacturer.

For ECE 22.05 compliant helmets, no component or device may be fitted to or incorporated in the protective helmet unless it is designed in such a way that it will not cause injury and that, when it is fitted to or incorporated in the protective helmet, the helmet still complies with the requirements of this standard.

Motor bike riders must refer to the instructions for their particular make and model of helmet to determine the suitability for attachments.

Riders should note that cameras and other accessories are only able to be fitted to a motor bike helmet when approved by the helmet’s manufacturer. This means that if the manufacturer of a particular helmet does not allow for after-market accessories in their instructions or specifications, then accessories cannot be attached to the motor bike helmet.  This is not a matter of whether the helmet is in good repair and proper working order and condition; it is about whether the helmet continues to comply with the standards requirements of regulation 51 of the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014 at point of sale and at any later time.

Helmet visors and face shields

Motor bike riding can be extremely tough on the rider’s eyes due to wind, rain, sun glare, exhaust fumes and other factors such as flying insects, dust and debris.

To ensure that you can see in all conditions, use an approved visor or face shield that is clean and free of scratches and carry sunglasses or choose a helmet with an auxiliary tinted visor that operates separately from the main clear visor.

When choosing a visor or face shield (clear or tinted), it important to ensure it meets with the requirements as specified by the standard.

For Australian Standard (AS1698:2006) helmets,

The visor or face shield should comply with 'AS1609 - Eye Protectors for Motor Cyclists and Racing Car Drivers' which refers to the colour requirements of 'AS1067 - Sunglasses and fashion spectacles'.

For ECE22.05 Standard helmets,

The visor or face shield should comply with ECE22.05 specifications.

For more information about motorcyclist safety refer to the Rider’s Safety Handbook.

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