New SHARP motorcycle helmet ratings announced
More than 20 new SHARP helmet safety ratings have been published ahead of the extended Bank Holiday, when motorcycling levels are expected to soar.
The new ratings take the number of helmets rated by SHARP (the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme) to 247.
Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: “Many of us will be making the most of the extended Bank Holiday period to take our bikes out and, hopefully, take advantage of some good weather.
“I urge anyone thinking about buying a new helmet ahead of the weekend to check out the SHARP website before making their decision. A well fitted helmet with a high SHARP rating will provide you with the best possible protection in the event of an accident so it's well worth checking the advice on the site before you buy.”
All helmets must meet minimum legal safety 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, show that the safety performance of helmets can vary by as much as 70%.