Motorcycle Helmet Safety: What to look for

When riding a motorcycle on UK roads you must wear a helmet that meets British Safety Standard.


When buying a motorcycle helmet, especially online, there are a few things you must look for. Not all online stores will sell helmets suitable for road use.


Safety Standards


Helmets must meet one of the following standards:

  • British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark

  • UNECE Regulation 22.05

Visor and Googles

  • meet a British Standard and display a BSI Kitemark

  • meet a European standard offering at least the same safety and protection as the British Standard and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark (UNECE Regulation 22.05)

Shape and Fit

You may find that each brand of helmet will have a slightly different shape and feel. You must ensure that any helmet worn on the road is fitted corrected to your head.


Safety Helmet Assessment & Rating Programme (SHARP)

SHARP is a consumer information scheme that uses a 1 to 5 star rating scale to indicate the level of protection a helmet can provide.

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