Australian service stations can legally refuse to serve you fuel if you don’t remove your helmet, but very few provide anywhere safe for you to place your helmet while you fill up.
The owners say it’s for safety reasons, but really it’s so you don’t ride off without paying, which is happening more frequently. In the US, most gas stations require you to pay first!
If you feel offended by the lack of trust, you only have the thieves to thank for this get-tough attitude.
You can argue about open-face and flip-up helmets providing facial identification for their cameras, but the owners have the final say.
All you can do is refuse to use their service station and move on.
There are still some servos that let you use the pump without taking off your helmet.
I’ve found one near me that does; probably because they now know me. Country servos are also more forgiving.
However, even my local service station doesn’t offer much in the way of service, because there is nowhere safe to store my helmet while I’m filling up.
Helmets cost from a few hundred dollars up to more than $1000 and the last thing you want to do is leave them in a place where they can get dirty, filled with petrol fumes or fall and get damaged.
Yet most bowser tops these days have small advertising signs on top of them preventing you from placing your helmet there.
Not every bike has a place to safely place your helmet, so riders are forced to place their helmet on top of a bin or on the ground.
If they can’t offer that simple “service” of providing somewhere to put your helmet, they shouldn’t be called a service station.
We suggest you buy one of those carabiner-style hooks so you can quickly and safely fasten your helmet to your bike.