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!
Motorcycle 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
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.