Aug 16, 2022

Full face helmet law relaxed

While removing the full-face helmet law, a gazette notification (2287/28) was issued citing regulations making it compulsory to wear protective helmets for both the rider and the pillion.

The gazette notification was issued by the Transport and Highways Minister on July 7, 2022, under Section 158 of the Motor Traffic Act.

According to the notification, every person who rides a motorcycle and the pillion on any road should wear a protective helmet with or without a visor.

The helmets should be classified as Type B of the Sri Lanka Standard specification as protective helmets or any other standard that may be applicable for protective helmets from time to time.

Such a protective helmet should bear the SLS product certification mark issued by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI). Those helmets should not reflect light from their outer surface.

The protective helmets should comprise a shell, a shock-absorbing liner, a chin strap, buffer padding and a headband.

The chin strap of the helmet should be firmly fitted to the helmet, and it should have a mechanism that enables the wearer of the helmet to adjust the length of the chin strap and to fasten and unfasten the chin strap securely and conveniently.

The visor of the helmet should be fitted to the protective helmet and should not be worn if it is made of a tinted, coloured material or if it obscures the peripheral vision of the wearer of the helmet.

The chin guard should not obstruct the peripheral vision of the wearer of the helmet.

According to the gazette notification, a person should not use, sell, or offer for sale any helmet for the purpose of riding a motorcycle that does not conform to the provisions of these regulations. It is also recommended to wear a protective helmet as provided in these regulations in any public place or at any public gathering.

The above regulations, however, should not apply to a police officer engaged in crime prevention or a member of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, or Air Force tasked with national security protection.