Wearing protective helmets made mandatory

25 February 2017 12:54 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Transport and Civil Aviation Minsiter Nimal Siripla De Silva yesterday issued a gazette notice making it mandatory all motorcyclists including pillion riders to wear a protective helmet which does not conceal any part of the wearer's face.

According to the new regulations the helmet should fit the wearer’s head and secured with a chin strap. The helmet would be fitted with a visor not made of a tinted or coloured material with the face exposed and unobstructed peripheral vision.

“When a protective helmet is worn, no part, extension or attachment thereof, shall obscure, conceal, or distort any portion of the face of the wearer. The protective helmet and chin strap shall be one single unit without any sharp edges, sharp points, joints or bolts around it,” the gazette notification said.

"The colour of the protective helmet shall be 90 per cent of a single colour that is easily visible without any light reflecting from its outer surface. Every protective helmet worn by a person who rides motorcycle shall conform to Sri Lanka Standard 517 of 1994 or such standards that may be applicable for protective helmets from time to time. The ministry said no person shall use or sell or offer for sale any helmet that does not conform to the provisions of these regulations for the purpose of riding a motorcycle on any road except for riding a motorcycle at a motorcycle race." (Thlanka Kanakarathna)

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  • kumara Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:28 AM

    අවසානයේ මහදැන මුත්හා මුට්ටිය බේරාගැනීම සඳහා එළුවාගේ බෙල්ල කපන්න නියෝග කළේය

    ceylon Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:46 PM

    lanka has good rules.how many of these good rules are implimented .if the rules imimentedlanka is a crime free and accident free country. via DM Android App

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:51 PM

    The only safe helmets are integral helmets covering the whole head, the cheeks, nose and mouth down to the chin. The safety of thousands of motorcyclists can not be sacrificed to the fear of criminals.

    Dee Saturday, 25 February 2017 03:08 PM

    Ok. Now expect another protest .

    Arosha Perera Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:54 PM

    Without forcing the banks to get better security the government putting thousands of motorcyclists in danger by reducing their protection. Who are the geniuses who come up with this stuff.

    Justica..USA.. Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:54 PM

    lol Dee...yes our society is slowly but surely going from bad to worse... if this is gazetted and made as law...let EVERYONE abide by it...no amount of protests should make the president involved nor a court judgment dis obeyed..even if it a 1000 has to be arrested n jailed do be it... via DM Android App

    ?? Saturday, 25 February 2017 06:17 PM

    Interesting another policy lacking common sense. via DM Android App

    Cricy Saturday, 25 February 2017 06:33 PM

    Well I don't see anything protective about these standards. It looks less safe.

    arosha perera Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:30 PM

    The title is misleading. This is a ban in on full face helmets. Minister Nimal Siripla De Silva have just put thousands of motorcyclists in further danger

    Sam Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:06 PM

    "A protective helmet which does not conceal any part of the wearer's face"..it's the part that explains that your face has no safety..If that is safe why not tell the cricketers to wear helmets without the grill..Crimes should be stopped.But not at the expense of a riders safety..

    my life is in road Sunday, 26 February 2017 12:19 AM

    this is crazy the only helmet that gives protection to chin and face is the full face helmet. this going back to square one. banning full face helmets because the police cannot catch robbers or somebody is into open face helmet business. all who talk in favor of this new law are not motorcyclists and they live in AC rooms. thats for sure via DM Android App

    George Sunday, 26 February 2017 05:56 AM

    Then what about the rest of the body. Who protects them. via DM Android App

    nsathees Sunday, 26 February 2017 06:05 AM

    This kind of stupid law are created by the fools we selected to rule us!

    Vernon Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:13 AM

    Regarding crimes, what should be banned are not integral helmets, but wearing them at any other location other than when riding the motorcycle. Walking on road with helmet other than construction helmets should be banned, and culprits prosecuted.


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