NEW MOTORCYCLE HELMET RATINGS PUBLISHED
New British safety ratings for motorcycle helmets were announced today by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning as he unveiled a new website to give motorcyclists the best advice and information on choosing a helmet.
An extra 27 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP - the Department for Transport's Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme - taking the total number of ratings published past the 200 mark.??
All these ratings are today published on the new SHARP website which has been overhauled to include more information for motorcyclists on how to find the right helmet for them.
The site also includes demonstrations of how the SHARP tests are carried out and how to make sure a helmet fits properly.
Mike Penning said: "We estimate that 50 deaths each year could be prevented if all riders wore the safest helmets available. That is why I am delighted to be announcing additional SHARP ratings today at the same time as the new and improved SHARP website is launched.
All helmets on sale in the UK must meet minimum legal safety standards, but the SHARP scheme uses a wider range of tests to provide riders with more information on how much protection a helmet can provide in a crash. The objective advice, which includes important guidance on how to select a good fitting helmet, will help riders to choose the safest helmet suitable for them. The SHARP tests, which award ratings of between one and five stars, show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70%.
With helmets across a wide price range scoring highly, all riders should be able to find a high performing helmet in a size and style that fits them and at a price they want to pay.
Motorcyclists represent approximately 1% of UK traffic, yet account for 19% of casualties; 493 motorcyclists died on UK roads in 2008. Accident studies show that approximately 80% of motorcyclists killed and 70% of those with serious injuries sustain head injuries. The new website was developed in response to feedback from consumers and the motorcycle industry. It can be found at: www.direct.gov.uk/sharp
1. The new SHARP ratings published today are:
|System or “Flip-front” helmets|
|5||SCORPION||EXO 900 Air||3||83|
|8||SHOEI||X SPIRIT II||5|