Information received from Peter Baulch of Natcom who is also on the Victorian Motorcycle Council
Aug 11, 2015
"ECE 22.05 Helmets Approved for Victoria
Research shows that Australian helmet standard AS1698 does not represent world’s best practice in helmet construction and design. The Victorian Motorcycle Council has long lobbied for the inclusion of the internationally recognised ECE 22.05 helmet standard alongside AS1698. The VMC applauds VicRoads for taking this step which puts motorcycle safety above commercial interests and regulatory complexity.
Peter Baulch, Deputy Chair of the VMC and key member of the Australian Motorcycle Council’s Helmet committee said, “This is a significant step towards simplifying the complex helmet regulation picture across Australia. The Australian helmet standard has fallen behind the rest of the world and now we need the other states to come into line and for the ACCC to step up and legalise the sale of ECE 22.05 helmets in Australia.”
All motorcycle helmets sold in Australia are fully imported and require recertification to AS1698 per Australian consumer law. This adds significant costs and acts as a barrier reducing the available range of safer helmets in Australia. State law dictates what can be worn however, which means that Victorian riders will now be able to order ECE 22.05 helmets online or bring them back from overseas trips without facing stiff penalties out on the roads.
The Victorian Motorcycle Council calls upon all state roads authorities and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to work together to align helmet sale and use laws, and to nationally adopt ECE 22.05 helmets."
VMC is Victoria’s peak motorcycling advocacy body and is a member of Australia’s peak motorcycling body, the Australian Motorcycle Council. For more information regarding this press release or the VMC, please call:
John Eacott – Media spokesperson 0428 383826
Peter Baulch – VMC Deputy Chair: 0428 246175, or
Rob Salvatore - VMC Chair 0409 416230