Female on motorcycle wearing helmet with visor up.Motorcycle Helmets

In the UK it is a legal requirement to wear a protective motorcycle helmet when riding or as a pillion passenger on any type of motorbike, moped or scooter.

From a safety point of view it’s obviously stupid to ride a motorbike without one. If caught by the Police, it’s likely that you will be given a fine. Shop for one today and make sure you are on the right side of the law!

Two motorcycle riders wearing helmetsMotorcycle Helmet Law in the UK

Since 1973 it has been compulsory to wear a motorcycle helmet in the UK. The law applies to both the rider and pillion passenger.

All crash helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following safety standards:

  • British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark
  • UNECE Regulation 22.05
  • A European Economic Area (EEA) member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark
Man on motorbike wearing an open face helmet

If you’re shopping for a half helmet you may want to consider open face or 3/4 motorcycle helmets which are legal in the UK.

Different Types of Motorcycle Helmet

There are a number of different types of motorcycle helmet available:

  • Full face: This type of helmet covers the entire head and perhaps offers the greatest amount of protection.
  • Off-road/motocross: This has an elongated chin and visor portions with partially open face that allows increased air flow.
  • Open face or 3/4 helmet: This covers the ears, cheeks and back of the head but has little protection to the face.
  • Moular/flip-up: This is a hybrid between full face and open face. When closed it resembles a full face helmet but opens to allow access to most of the face.
  • Half helmet: The same front design as an open face helmet but with a lowered rear.

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