“Riders are overwhelmingly in support,” he says. “This increases the range available and the price may go down but that’s not guaranteed.
“But the problem is with the road use laws. If we allowed suppliers to sell and road use laws didn’t change, then we would be allowing sales of something that can’t be legally used.” (That is currently the scenario in Queensland.)
Option 3 is to remake the standard. “This doesn’t work because it’s an additional layer of unnecessary regulation, but it involves the least amount of change,” he says.
“The problem is supply and use laws can become out of step. Recent changes to Queensland laws mean UNECE-compliant helmets can be legally worn but not legally sold, so no one would be able to sell them. Retailers have been asking what we are going to do about that.”
He also admitted that he could not recall the ACCC prosecuting a retailer for selling a non-compliant helmet in the past five years.