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Removal of helmet ban a win for motorcyclists

The State Liberals have welcomed the Labor Government’s policy backflip in finally allowing European Standard (ECE22.05) helmets to be used in South Australia.

Shadow Minister for Road Safety David Pisoni introduced legislation to Parliament on 25 February seeking to make ECE22.05 helmets legal in South Australia.

Previously, South Australia was only one of two states to not allow ECE helmets to be used.

“After lobbying from the State Liberals and motorcycle groups, South Australian motorcyclists can now choose to use the same helmets that are used in MotoGP racing and that are shown to help prevent serious skull fractures,” said Mr Pisoni.

“It simply did not make sense that the very same helmets that are used in MotoGP racing were being barred from use on South Australian roads.

“Currently European helmets that meet the ECE 22.05 standard are legal in all but one Australian state and more than 50 countries including Germany, the UK and New Zealand.

“Labor has been tardy on improving rules around motorbike helmet safety, but pressure from riders and the Liberal Opposition has forced Minister Malinauskas to act at last.

“Wearing the correct helmet when on a motorbike can be the difference between life and death.

“The Weatherill Government’s previous ban on the use of European helmets restricted access to these helmets by local and visiting riders – South Australian motorcyclists will finally have the right to choose the helmet that is safest for them.”