I’m looking to upgrade my helmet, and I’ve been researching on the Australian Standard for helmets.
I’m aware that if I bought one from overseas, there would likely be no Australian standards sticker. As I don’t race, the inspection side of things isn’t really a problem.
But in the case of an accident, if the helmet doesn’t have one of these stickers, am I likely to have no cover from insurance because my helmet doesn’t meet the Australian Standards?
Well for starters I would hope if you got one from overseas that it is of an equivalent standard.
But in the case of an accident, where you sustained head injuries, and you were going to get a large pay out they will most likely want to check the condition of your helmet. If you are riding with a helmet that has been in a previous crash, or that is really old and no longer fit for use, they wouldn’t pay out. Why would they? They are always looking at ways to not have to pay.
It is a no brainer (bad choice of phrase!!)
Unlike most of the civilised world Australia makes the wearing of bicycle helmets compulsary and they have their own standards that is an extra crush test.
If you ride without a helmet or with a helmet, that is not to the Australian standards, you are breaking the law of the land- good luck trying to get a payout. Also worth mentioning if you are involved in an incident while racing using a non Aussie standard helmet you can be made liable for any claims.
And yes in the case of a head injury helmets are always checked by officials and paramadics, mainly for damage that may lead to problems later- but also for standards.
When riding, you are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet securely fitted and fastened on your head.
It seems that having the sticker is not the legal requirement - having a helmet that conforms to the standard is the requirement.
I bought a Giro from Wiggle which does not have the Australian standards sticker, however, that same model helmet is for sale in Australia so I know that it must have passed the requirements of the standard.
Australian standards are renowned as the most stringent in the world, so buying a reputable helmet from the US does not mean it will be roadworthy in Australia. One of the recent Specialized helmets comes to mind as one that passed US tests, but not Australian tests.
[i]Ref :Cycling Australia Technical Regulations (Road and Track) 2010 Section 1 Rule 3.2
For UCI road calendar events, competitors shall wear an approved AS/NZ 2063, ANSI, Snell or EN bicycle helmet. International trade team competitors may wear a helmet approved by the UCI, or the country that they are registered with, subject to the approval by local authorities.
To obtain such approval (ref 3.5.04 above), the promoter must apply to conduct the event under an exemption permitting the wearing of non- Australian Standard helmets. Such an application must be made under the special events legislation of the respective State in which the event is being conducted.
The events for which such an application may be sought include, but may not be limited to;
␣ UCI Road World Cups (Men and Women) ␣ One-day Road Races or multi-stage Tours which have been approved for inclusion on the UCI calendar
␣ The Australian Open Road Championships or similar event, where overseas or professionally contracted riders with a UCI registered team are competing and the results contribute to UCI ranking points.
I was told by a Giro sales rep that they make the same helmets for all markets. If the helmet doesn’t pass (I believe all Giros do) - then it doesn’t go on sale in Australia. It’s too expensive to make modifications for such a small market. That sentiment is echoed in the article below. I will check though.
According to Mr Gralton, Australia is recognised internationally as a leader in the field, in terms both of legislating for helmets’ compulsory use and in the stringency of the Standards themselves – which in some circumstances may be mandatory – and which are arguably the most comprehensive in the world.
The issue when you’re on the street is MAIB cover. If you’re are injured in a road accident and you aren’t wearing a helmet with an Australian Standard Approved sticker, you won’t be eligible for MAIB cover, which means you’re paying for all your hospital fees and probably a whole lot of other accident-related stuff on top.
The extra cost of buying local is worth it, given that as cyclists we don’t have to pay registration to use the road (rego covers the MAIB costs).