NEW MOTORCYCLE HELMET RATINGS PUBLISHED AS SHARP PREPARES FOR THE CAROLE NASH MOTORCYCLE LIVE 2010 NEC BIRMINGHAM

25th November 2010

 
New safety ratings for motorcycle helmets have been announced by Road Safety Minister Mike Penning ahead of his visit to the motorcycle show on Monday.   
 
An extra 16 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP – the Department for Transport’s Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating programme – taking the total number to 218. 
 
Mike Penning said:
 
"We estimate that 50 deaths could be prevented each year if all riders wore the safest helmets available. That is why I am delighted to be announcing new SHARP ratings today ahead of my visit to the Motorcycle Show next week. I urge anyone going to the show who is thinking about buying a new helmet to visit the SHARP stand to find out more. 
"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 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 – showed that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70%. With helmets across a wide 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. 
 
Visitors to the motorcycle show can find the SHARP stand G506 in Hall 4 (Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December). 

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