To update the Schedule of approved protective helmet and approved seat belts in the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations.
The standards for approved protective helmet and seat belts and child restraint devices are set out in Schedule 1 and 2 to the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations respectively. It is necessary to update these schedules to include new designs and standards which have been developed and accepted by overseas authorities. The current Schedule 2 was last updated in 1998 while Schedule 1 is a 30 June 1997 version.
Current Situation Schedule 1 - Approved Protective Helmet
In the past years, new standards for protective helmets have been introduced to replace and supersede old ones including BS 2495 & 5361, Australian standard E 33-1968, American National Standards Institute Z90.1-1966, 1970 & 1971 listed in Schedule 1. Some European countries, such as UK and the Nederland have adopted/included international standard ECE Regulation R22 for protective helmet. In USA and Canada, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218, commonly know as the DOT standard is used to lay down requirements for the product. It is necessary to update the list of standards to include these updated/new standards.
New imported products complied with some latest standards adopted in overseas countries and worldwide emerge in the market from time to time. In order to enable the public to have access to these products more readily, it is proposed to include these latest standards used in overseas in the list of standards stipulated in Schedule 1 to the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations.
Since the last updating of Schedule 2, some of the standards for Approved Seat Belts in Part I were superseded/withdrawn (including BS AU 160a and BS AU 183:1989; and BS AU 157a, BS AU 185, BS AU 186, BS AU 186a, BS AU 202 and BS AU 202a, and BS 3254 Part 2: 1991) or replaced/updated (including BS 3254:1960 and BS 3254 Part 1: 1988) by new standards. As these new standards, such as the Japanese technical standards and the ECE standards in particular, have been widely adopted by many vehicle manufacturers, it is necessary to update the list of standards to cope with the changes.
New and updated standards of protective helmets will be added to Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations. The proposal is detailed at Annex A.
New and updated standards of seat belts will be added to Part I of Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations. The proposal is detailed at Annex B.
The proposal legislative amendment is scheduled to be tabled to the Legislative Council for consideration in end 2004.
Proposed Amendments Road Traffic (Safety Equipment) Regulations (Cap. 374 sub. Leg. F) Schedule 1 - Approved Protective Helmets Add the following standards to paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 of the Regulations-
British Standard 6658:1985;
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard MVSS 218 (USA) for motorcycle helmets including all revisions made before the date this paragraph comes into operation;
ECE Regulation No. 22 made by the Economic Commission for Europe dated 1 June 1972 (E/ECE/324-E/ECE/TRANS/505/Rev.1/Add. 21) including all revisions made before the date this paragraph comes into operation;
Snell Memorial Foundation. Standard for Protective Headgear 1970-2000
1. Add the following standards to paragraph 1 of Part I of Schedule 2 of the Regulations - Australian Design Rule 4/03 approved in Road Vehicle (National Standards) Determination No. 2 of 1997 (Australia) all revisions made before the date this paragraph comes into operation;
Technical Standard for Seat Belt and associated test procedure (TRIAS) 31-1994 made by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan for motor vehicle in Circular of Jisha No. 899 of 1 October 1983 and Circular of Kinshin No. 453 of 24 August 1971 all revisions made before the date this paragraph comes into operation; and
Directive 76/541/EEC issued by the European Economic Community dated 28 June 1977 all revisions made before the date this paragraph comes into operation.