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2015 Motorcycle Helmet Law Changes

Submitted by John_Cook on Thu, 03/09/2015 - 2:57pm

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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

Victorian riders welcomed an announcement by VicRoads legalising the use of European ECE 22.05 motorcycle helmets. This step brings Victoria in line with Queensland and provides Victorian riders with the opportunity to access and use the world’s safest helmets.
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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 BaulchVMC Deputy Chair: 0428 246175, or

Rob Salvatore - VMC Chair 0409 416230


That is great news. All we need now is for DOT to be approved and we can at last access good safe helmets at reasonable prices.

Pat Ryan