Motorcycling Australia, the governing body of motorcycle racing in Australia, has banned the use of helmet mounted cameras at any MA sanctioned event.
It brings MA into line with the FIM which banned helmet cameras over a year ago.
The reasoning behind the decision is simply the safety of the competitors – there are concerns that the camera mount creates an impact point that could compromise the helmet’s effectiveness.
“.. it is sure to raise debates among the general riding community and concerns that the ruling may filter through to road riders.”
Motorcycling Australia has released a bulletin clarifying the rule.
“Cameras may be fitted to the motorcycle provided they are securely mounted.”
“Helmet cameras are not permitted unless the camera is integrated into the helmet, by design of the manufacturer.”
“The term ‘helmet camera’ … is intended to define all components of a camera that attaches to a helmet in any way, including any mounting device.”
“All helmets are to remain free from all modifications or attachments relating to the use of Cameras.”
While the ruling only affects those riders competing in an MA sanctioned event, it is sure to raise debates among the general riding community and concerns that the ruling may filter through to road riders.
The legality of helmet cameras has always been a hot topic and many riders have been fined on the basis that by fitting the camera, the helmet no longer complies with the relevant standards.
Malcolm Cumming from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers shed some light on the laws in an article about a year ago.
He says that “Queensland and South Australian laws state that a helmet must comply with standards at point of manufacture. So, for example, once a Queensland motorcyclist has purchased a helmet, they can legally attach a camera.”
“In Victoria and New South Wales, however, police have interpreted the law to require ongoing compliance with relevant standards beyond manufacture and supply. So, the argument goes, if you attach a camera to your helmet, it may no longer meet the required standards, and therefore may be unlawful.”