SHARP Safety Rating
LOOK FOR THE SHARP SAFETY LOGO'S & STAR RATINGS
FIVE (As shown above) / FOUR / THREE / TWO / ONE STAR ''We have noticed that good performance is not necessarily restricted to premium price helmets''. (Quote DfT)
SHARP (Safety Standard & Assessment Rating Programme)
This is a Safety Standard run by the Department of Transport (DfT) which came into being in May 2008.
The new Safety Standard Helmet Rating is now available to complement the ACU Gold Standard / ECE 22.05 Standard.
The new rating system (SHARP) will use a One to Five Star rating system, of the results of the DfT testing programme
A spokesman for the DfT says
'' Our tests have demonstrated very real differences in the levels of protection offered by the current range of helmets, despite all of them satisfying the minimum legal requirements (ECER 22.05). The difference can be significant in respect of injury outcomes. Our scientific analysis has shown that we could save up to 50 Motorcyclists lives' a year if all riders wear helmets that score well in our rating.''
''We have noticed that good performance is not necessarily restricted to premium price helmets''. (Quote DfT)
The DfT says "There is no compulsion for Manufacturers and dealers to promote the new system."......However, as a main dealer for many well known brands Cyclenet UK Limited, feel that we should inform our customers of these Safety Standard in order for you to make your own conclusions when choosing a Helmet.
You can check out the DfT SHARP SAFETY SITE on: http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/