If you are fined for having a GoPro or similar camera mounted to your motorcycle helmet, fight it.
A complaint on Facebook says a rider in Victoria was fined for wearing a Go Pro on their helmet and there have been unsubstantiated claims that riders In Queensland have been harassed by police for having cameras on their helmets.
However, there is no law against fitting anything to a helmet, so long as it does not corrupt the “structural integrity” of the helmet, which means you can’t drill holes in the helmet.
Cameras that are stuck, fitted via a suction cap, or screwed to the side via a clamp should be fine. So are Bluetooth units attached in a similar fashion.
So if you are issued a ticket for having a camera fitted in this fashion, take a photo of the helmet at the time of the ticket being issued, don’t pay the fine, and fight the offence.
The Australian Standards says that no protrusion of greater than 5mm is allowed, but that refers to the manufacturing process as opposed to aftermarket accessories such as cameras, such as GoPro, and Bluetooth.
If a camera or other device is screwed into the helmet by drilling holes then it is interfering with the structural integrity of the helmet and the safety of the rider, and an offence is committed.
[In Queensland it is an offence for riders under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 Section 270 (1) (a) Wearing motorbike helmets; and for for passengers it is under Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 Section 271(2).]
In Queensland, the penalty is $330 and three points. Queensland police did not have any records of anyone being fined.
It would be strange if they did fine anyone for such an offence given comments by former Police Commissioner Jack Dempsey suggesting cyclists fit them to their helmets to collect evidence of drivers intimidating them on the roads.
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