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DfT announces new safety helmet ratings

Tuesday 30th November 2010

New safety ratings for motorcycle helmets have been published by the DfT to coincide with the Motorcycle Show in Birmingham (27 November – 5 December).

An extra 16 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP – the DfT’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating programme – taking the total number to 218.

Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: "We estimate that 50 deaths could be prevented each year if all riders wore the safest helmets available.

"By making sure that motorcyclists have access to the best safety information, promoting further training and safe riding, and reminding drivers to look out for bikers I hope that we can improve safety for motorcyclists and reduce the number of tragedies we see on the roads each year.”

All helmets must meet minimum legal 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 SHARP tests, which award ratings of between one and five stars, showed that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70%.

Click here to read the full DfT news release.


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Would the road safety minister like to state how his "estimated" 50 fewer road deaths were arrived at, and supply the data and evidence for same?
Derek, St Albans.

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