All States Now Approve The Use Of European Standard Helmets

Laws relating to the use of European standard helmets are now consistent across Australia.

The Western Australian Government has gazetted a change to the Road Traffic Act allowing the use of ECE22.05 standard helmets in that state.

The change has also been reflected on the Road Safety Commission’s Motorcyclists & Scooter Riders information page.

This brings an end to the inconsistencies that have been present throughout Australia since Queensland legalised European helmets in February 2015.

Slowly other states followed Queensland’s lead, and WA has finally fallen into line this week.

The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 was changed last November to allow the legal sale of ECE22.05 helmets in Australia, and this final change in WA opens the door for importers to begin bringing many new brands and designs into the country.

Manufacturers and importers will now be able to bring models in directly from Europe without having to go through the Australian testing and approval process.

This will make importing simpler and hopefully more cost effective.

For motorcyclists the obvious benefits are in three areas - a wider range of helmets available to us, hopefully at cheaper prices and an end to the massive confusion that has surrounded helmets for well over twelve months.

About the author

Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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