The new legislation on the approval of helmets for two-wheeled vehicles is expected for the summer of 2020. After 20 years, the ECE 22.05 approval will retire to make way for the ECE 22.06 which produces important innovations for road safety. Let's see what it is.

These are not radical changes: the helmets that we will wear will not be heavier than now. But the ability to absorb lower intensity strokes, which too often cause serious consequences, will be completely revised. Already today the helmets are optimized to be able to adequately withstand the peaks of energy due to major impacts. With the new rules, the test procedure will be made more stringent, thanks to the definition of a greater number of possible impact points.


The new homologation has defined another 5, in addition to the other 5 already existing (front, top, rear, side, chin guard). These are the middle lines, which allow to measure the damage reported by the driver when the helmet hits a protrusion laterally, to which must be added an extra sample point, different for each helmet.
This is what the rotational acceleration test requires, a test that is repeated by putting the helmet in 5 different positions, so as to verify the results of every possible impact. The aim is to reduce the risks deriving from collisions (even at low speed) against fixed obstacles, typical of the urban context.
The test to check the stability of the helmet on the head will also be introduced, calculating the possibility that in the event of an impact it rotates forward sliding from the head of the motorcyclist.

The new legislation also develops the rules for intercommunication devices. All external protrusions should not be allowed, at least before not having verified that the helmets are designed to mount external systems.


Date: 2020/7/20

Post time: Apr-28-2022