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Motorcycle helmets: ECE22.05 & the law

Safety helmet standards

All helmets worn on UK roads must meet one of the following:

  • British Standard BS 6658:1985 and carry the BSI Kitemark
  • UNECE Regulation 22.05
  • a European Economic Area member standard offering at least the same safety and protection as BS 6658:1985, and carry a mark equivalent to the BSI Kitemark

ECE stands for Economic Community of Europe

22 stands for the number of the regulation for testing 

05 stands for the ’05’ series of amendments to regulation 22.

In recent years the ECE22.05 has been more commonly used then the BS 6658:1985 standard mainly due to the fact that most helmet manufacturers are International companies and it’s easier for them to use one standard that covers Europe and the UK.

All Bayard motorcycle crash helmets meet and are compliant to ECE22.05.