Frequently asked questions

  • Q. I have a question regarding SHARP. Who should I contact?

    If you have any questions regarding SHARP or want to provide feedback regarding any aspect of the scheme, please contact

  • Q. What’s SHARP?

    A. SHARP is the safety rating for motorcycle helmets set up by the Department for Transport in November 2007. SHARP provides an independent assessment of how much protection a helmet can offer in an impact. Helmets are rated from 1 to 5 stars; the more SHARP stars a helmet has, the better the protection it can give.

  • Q. Why was SHARP introduced?

    A.  Our laboratory tests showed there were real differences in the safety performance of motorcycle helmets available in the UK market.  While they all satisfy the minimum legal requirements, we believe that providing objective advice concerning the level of protection a safety helmet provides will assist riders when making such an important purchasing decision.