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Cycling: Helmets

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 39220, tabled on 3 June 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to make it a legal requirement for cyclists to wear helmets.

Answered on

13 June 2016

Government policy is that cycle helmets offer a degree of protection for cyclists in the event of a fall from a bicycle and some types of collisions. This is in line with the Highway Code rule 59 which states “you should wear a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened”

We encourage the use of helmets by all cyclists and in particular by children. However, people and parents are free to choose whether to follow this advice and we have no plans to legislate to introduce a mandatory requirement for the wearing of cycle helmets.