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UK Motorcycle Helmet Safety Standards Explained

by Gary Cheetham on August 28, 2019

Motorcycle racers making a corner all wearing motorbike helmets

Even today after over 60 years of public road safety education, it's still common to see riders out on UK roads wearing little or no safety equipment.

Most people know that it's just common sense to wear a protective helmet when on your motorbike or quad bike, but where does the law stand on such issues?

In short, yes. As stated by the UK government on its website:

You must wear a safety helmet that meets British safety standards when riding a motorcycle or moped on the road.

So it isn't just sensible to wear a motorbike helmet, it's legally required. But there are international safety standards that helmets worn in the UK must adhere to to be legally valid.

The British Standard and BSI Kitemark

The BSI kitemark is an instantly recognisable symbol, accepted throughout the world as a standard of quality. The BSI (British Standards) kitemark is found on products that adhere to a set of strict safety and testing standards. If you find this mark on your helmet, you know it's safe and legal to use.

Helmets used in the UK must also comply with British Standard BS 6658:1985. it specifies the safety standards for users of road vehicles.

You'll find that all our motorbike helmets adhere to these standards for road use, so you can rest assured when making your purchase.

ACU Standards

The ACU (Auto Cycle Union) provide an additional set of safety standards for certification of motorcycle helmets. There are very stringent, taken directly from standards for race helmets.

You'll know if your helmet adheres to the ACU standard if it has the ACU gold sticker anywhere on its surface.

The ACU standards are necessary for a helmet you want to use on the race track but are not mandatory for road use. 

Motorcycle Helmets for Safety

When buying a motorcycle helmet online, it's sometimes difficult to know that the item you purchase will be reliable in the unlikely event of an accident. All of our helmets come from reputable brands and suppliers and meet the stringent UK legal and safety requirements.

If you have any more questions regarding safety, please don't hesitate to get in touch. our friendly team will be more than happy to help you out.