Wednesday, January 26, 2022

RIDE EASY Can I be fined if I ride a motorcycle without protective clothing?

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LEATHER and a crash helmet are standard clothing for every motorcyclist – but do you have to wear all of the equipment to ride a motorcycle?

Many riders may wonder – especially on hot days – whether they really need to put on protective clothing before getting on a bike.

We explain to you which rules apply, what you can and cannot wear on a motorcycle – and which safety equipment you need to avoid a fine.

It is a legal requirement for motorcyclists in the UK to wear a hard hat when driving.

You can be fined if you get caught not wearing one – even if you’re just browsing the stores or around the corner.

The police are also likely to issue warnings or fines if you distract other drivers and cause an accident – and that could include improper clothing.

This is under the Road Traffic Act of 1988 which states that it is a criminal offense to drive without due care or attention.

Those who do not wear a helmet are fined 500 pounds.

Helmets are mandatory and come under the maximum level 2 fine under the Road Traffic Act 1988 – which means fines cannot exceed £ 500.

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, you can also get a £ 100 fine and three penalty points on your license if you are seen as a distraction or if you are guilty of negligent driving.

The government’s SHARP program (which stands for the Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Program) helps motorcyclists choose the right headgear.

The system contains a list of approved helmet models, which are rated according to how much protection they offer the motorcyclist.

When choosing a helmet, they must meet at least one of the criteria listed on the website.

The criteria include a British standard BS 6658: 1985 with a BSI kitemark, UNECE regulation 22.05 or an equivalent standard of the European Economic Area.

Also, according to the government website, you must wear a visor and goggles that meet UK standards and have a BSI kitemark.

Your helmet and glasses should also meet the criteria.

According to Rule 86 of the Road Traffic Act, you must make yourself as visible as possible to other drivers while riding a motorcycle.

This can be done by wearing high-visibility clothing and helmets or fluorescent strips on your bike.

Rule 87 also says that “wear reflective clothing or strips to improve your visibility” when driving in the dark.

Protective clothing such as pants and jackets is not mandatory but is recommended by the government to ensure road safety.

It is recommended not to wear used or expired helmets while riding a motorcycle.

While it may seem like a cheaper option, you just don’t know how much damage and wear and tear it had from the previous owner.

If the helmet has previously been dropped or has been involved in a collision, it may cause wear and tear, reducing its effectiveness.

The protective gear and adhesive inside the helmet will wear out over time due to general use and the rider’s heat and sweat.

You have probably seen motorcyclists wear tight clothing while riding – this is not a fashion statement, but because it is much safer than wearing loose fabrics.

Before riding the motorcycle, check your clothing and check whether anything seems loose – for example, baggy pants or a gaping T-shirt.

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