This section is all about helmets and what we may or for that matter don’t know of how complicated the Standards are on helmets. The MRAQ are proud for Queensland to be first to introduce the new standard for our riders, MRAQ have worked relentlessly with Government to achieve a great outcome on the helmet issue. We now know what is fact and what is fiction, are we legal or illegal when we ride across our borders into different States and Territories even the Police don’t have a grasp on this matter. There is a lot of confusion on all sides when it comes to Helmets. The MRAQ would like to hear from any riders about any Infringements/Bookings incurred regarding Helmets, as if we can compile evidence on these we have a better chance of changing things. Any enquiries can be addressed here.
Helmets – Latest News – Standards Forum
Some said last year’s Forum at Standards Australia was a farce, yet what resulted was national change to helmet laws to allow sale and use of ECE 22-05 helmets. This came about through regulatory changes by the ACCC and road authorities, not from any action of Standards Australia. AMC Helmets Forum News
MRAQ suggests you print out and keep this information with you and produce said document below when a police officer may ask you about you helmet not meeting the standards. It is stated in this letter from Neil Scales Director General Department of Transport and Main Roads he goes on to say, under Section 5 of the Qld Road Rules, if the regulation requires a person to use something that complies with an Australian standard, then the person complies with the requirement if, when the item was manufactured, it complied with the standard in force under the designation at the time. This means that, for a motorcycle helmet complying with AS 1698 or AS/NZ 1698 or ECE 22.05 a person complies with the legislative requirement to wear an approved helmet if the helmet complied with the standard in force when it was manufactured.
Here is the Transport Operations (Road Use Management- Road Rules) Regulation just click on the link and scroll until you see RR270 and it shows the wording on the Road-Rule-270
If you would like to read some of the history that lead up to us being allowed to wear AS 1698 or AS/NZ 1698 or ECE 22.05 please read here Some-of-the-History-of-Helmets