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Protecting your head,
eyes and face

Helmet safety standards

In Alberta, operators and passengers
of motorcycles, mopeds and power-
assisted bicycles must wear an approved
motorcycle helmet. An approved helmet
will have a label or mark to show that it
meets the safety requirements set by one
of the standards organizations, on the date
that it was manufactured.
• CSA – Canadian Standards Association
• DOT – U.S. Department of Transportation
• BSI – British Standards Institute
• SNEL – Snell Memorial Foundation
• ECE 22.05

NOTE: It is illegal to buy or sell a safety
motorcycle helmet unless it meets current
safety standards. For more information,
see the Vehicle Equipment Regulation
of the Traffic Safety Act at www.




Types of helmets

There are three types of approved
helmets. Each type provides a different
level of coverage and protection. When
choosing your helmet, consider that many
motorcycle crashes involve impact to the
head, face and chin.


• provide the best protection for the
   entire head
• protect the ears and base of the skull

• protect the lower face and chin
• have a face shield for eye and face
• have the design structure that provides
   the greatest strength
• provide the best protection from the
   weather and airborne objects




• provide good protection for the top,
   sides and back of the head
• protect the ears and base of the skull
• can be used with a face shield to
   protect the eyes

They do not:
• protect the face and chin
• protect completely from the weather



14  A Rider's guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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