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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.
transportation.alberta.ca/525.htm 
 

 

 

 

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.

FULL COVERAGE (FULL FACE) 
HELMETS (RECOMMENDED):

• 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
   protection
• have the design structure that provides
   the greatest strength
• provide the best protection from the
   weather and airborne objects

                

 

THREE-QUARTER COVERAGE 
(OPEN FACE) HELMETS:

• 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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