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B.C. Reg. 234/96
Superintendent of Motor Vehicles1
Deposited August 16, 1996
effective September 3, 1996

Motor Vehicle Act

Bicycle Safety Helmet
Standards Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

Bicycle safety helmet standards

1  (1) For the purposes of sections 124 and 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, a bicycle safety helmet must meet one of the following standards or specifications:

(a) Canadian Standards Association standard CAN/CSA D113.2-M89 (Cycling Helmets), as amended from time to time;

(b) Snell Memorial Foundation standard B-95 (1995 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use with Bicycles), as amended from time to time;

(c) Snell Memorial Foundation standard B-90 (1990 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling), as amended from time to time;

(d) Snell Memorial Foundation standard B-90S (1994 Supplementary Standard for Protective Headgear for Use with Bicycles), as amended from time to time;

(e) Snell Memorial Foundation standard N-94 (1994 Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Non-Motorized Sports), as amended from time to time;

(f) American Society for Testing and Materials standard ASTM F 1447-94 (Standard Specification for Protective Headgear Used in Bicycling), as amended from time to time;

(g) American National Standards Institute standard ANSI Z90.4-1984 (American National Standard for Protective Headgear - for Bicyclists), as amended from time to time.

(2) A reference in subsection (1) to a standard as amended from time to time means any amendment made to the standard on or after September 3, 1996.

(3) Despite subsection (1), a bicycle safety helmet that meets the requirements of that subsection must, at all times,

(a) have a smooth outer surface,

(b) be constructed so that the helmet is capable of absorbing energy on impact,

(c) be strongly attached to a strap designed to be fastened under the chin of the person wearing it, and

(d) be undamaged from use or misuse.

1.authority change to Lieutenant Governor in Council by 1997-31-25

[Provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 318, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: section 184 (4)]