Bell helmets, although safe, are not CSA approved. They are, however, ECE and SPSC approved. This is good news for Canadians because under provincial law in Nova Scotia these approval ratings are legally satisfactory. It may not be the same as seeing a CSA logo stamped on the product, but it does mean that it has been approved by the same standards as a CSA product. The Motor Vehicle Act outlines the safety regulations for N.S. These certifications are just as safe as the CSA certifications.
Helmet regulations for motorcycles
Motorcycle helmets are of high importance, especially after the dangerous season N.S. riders had last summer! The helmet regulations for motorcycles vary from the regulations for recreational activity helmets, like biking or skating. In Nova Scotia, it is acceptable under Sections 170, 170A and 170B of the Motor Vehicle Act for N.S.,for motorcycle helmets to be certified under these agencies; British Standard Institute, Snell Memorial Foundation, the United States of America Department of Transportation and the Economic Commision for Europe. Most Bell motorcycle helmets are certified by the Economic Commision for Europe. This means, if you want to purchase a nifty Bell helmet for your joyride to the beach in N.S. you can definitely do so, with no safety concerns hovering over you!
Helmet regulations for bicycles
In Nova Scotia, it is acceptable under Sections 170, 170A, and 170B of the Motor Vehicle Act for N.S. for bicycle helmets to be certified under the Canadian Standards Association, the Snell Memorial Foundation, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The good news is, most Bell bicycle helmets are certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is also true for helmets used for skateboards, scooters, roller skates, and inline skates.
Not only do helmets have to be certifiably safe, they also have a few other requirements that is punishable by Nova Scotia provincial law under the Motor Vehicle Act. Keep in mind when you are purchasing your new Bell helmet, the fact that helmets have to have a smooth outer surface. Helmets must be built and designed for absorbing energy on impact. Helmets must have a chin strap that is affixed securely. Helmets must be undamaged from use or misuse, even minor accidents with a helmet can have a negative impact in a major accident. To prevent any unforeseen accidents ensure that your helmet is undamaged in any way. Lastly, even if you’re super uncomfortable, it is required by law that your helmet be secure to your head at all times while operating a motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, roller skates, and inline skates.
Helmet regulations vary across Canada. Each province sets their own standards for what they deem safe. If you’re travelling across Canada or even the US always check to see if your helmet is deemed safe by the traffic laws. It is important to have a helmet that meets the provincial standards not only for safety purposes, but also in cases of personal injury. It is advisable to secure a personal injury lawyer such as Preszler Injury Lawyers Nova Scotia, if you have gotten into an accident. Personal injury lawyers often work on contingency, ensure that you get the best possible settlement in your case, as well as protect your rights and interests. Ensure that you’re protected and choose a certified helmet that is undamaged. Bell helmets are sleek, stylish, and above all else safe! Don’t trust the safety of yourself or a loved one to a helmet that doesn’t meet the law requirements for your area.