It is with great privilege to be able to relay the Australian Motorcycle Council’s media release concerning the new nationally-agreed Australian Road Rules published this week.
Of note are the following:
Formalise the use of European helmets certified to UN/ECE 22-05
UN/ECE 22-05 provide safer helmets and a more competitive market
Clarify that standards compliance for helmets is at point of manufacture
Current Rules demand a helmet must be in exactly the same condition as when sold; unmarked by use and including all original packaging and booklets, which is impossible
Remove legally-grey areas, such as use of dark visors in bright daylight, and use of communicators and cameras
Provide uniform Rules for lane filtering
Currently four different sets of rules exist, with considerable variation
Tidy up some small variations resulting from unclear definition criteria
The MRA ACT is proud to have been part of this discussion in providing a more consistent and safer riding environment for all Australians. At the state level, individuals, government bodies, and associations, like ours, are readying to lobby the state/territorial government to adopt these new national rules, with as little alteration/amendment as possible.
The full media release from the Australian Motorcycle Council can be viewed here.