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From the Queensland Transport Operations (Road Use Managementâ€”Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (PDF here):
Schedule 5 Dictionary
approved bicycle helmet means a helmet that complies withâ€”
(a) AS 2063.1 and 2063.2; or
(b) another standard the chief executive considers is at least
equal to that standard.
This topic was done to death a few years back on MTBDirt. One of the forum members went so far as to seek clarification from Qld Transport regarding point (b) above. I can't recall what the outcome was now.
Its amazing what can happen if some Eucalyptus oil "accidentally spills" on those chrome stickers.
As usual, in NSW you can't just get a simple answer to anything due to all the red tape:
The actual Road Rule:
From the NSW Road Rules 2008 Dictionary:
And now, from the Dictionary of the Parent Act of the NSW Road Rules (Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 No 20):
I can find nothing in the Road Rules or Traffic Act that mention anything about what makes an "approved bicycle helmet", but then up on the RTA Website is this:
The URL above even shows the three different types of labels you can expect to see from March 2011 onwards, with the implication being that if your sticker is not from one of those three companies after that date, the helmet is not approved.
It seems to me like the Road Rules and the Traffic Act are worded such the RTA can change their mind at any time without needing to change any rules. Seems a bit dodgy to me.
Last edited by queequeg on Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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you'll probably find they've declared it in the NSW Govt Gazette, which should be available online. yes, they can change that by re-declaring it at any time.
Just buy a helmet online and keep the old one in your car. In the unlikely event that you are checked at a race you have a backup.
As far as the ambo's and hospital checking out your helmet they would be looking for tell tale signs of where you took the impact.
interesting (in bold) wording from cycling australia.
the way i read it :
on road - 'approved' helmet
in race - 'as2063 approved' helmet
if i get killed while out on my bike i dont want a 'memorial ride' by random punters i have never met.
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