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The Australian Standard used to certify safety for motorcycle helmets is extremely tough and it's expensive for helmet manufacturers to obtain the certification. This has deterred international brands from releasing a wide variety of helmets in the local market. So what happens when you want to buy and use a helmet from overseas? Is it even legal to do so? We find out.


Australia's strict bike helmet laws made headlines around the world this week when Adelaide police stopped Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson from riding his bicycle without a helmet. Despite being caught red-handed, the billionaire business magnate was let off with a warning. This got us to wondering: do police have a separate law for celebrities, or are all UK tourists given more leeway when it comes to bike laws?


We all know that wearing a bicycle helmet protects our noggin, but by how much exactly? According to a new Australian study, refusing to strap on a helmet can increase the chance of serious head injury by as much as 550 per cent.


The Queensland government has announced it will amend bicycle helmet laws to allow exemptions for riders with 'religious headwear', such as turbans. The decision was made following the recent court case of a Brisbane Sikh who successfully contested a $100 fine for not wearing a helmet. This got us to thinking -- if it's legal to ride without a helmet on religious grounds, shouldn't it be legal for everybody?


The issue of compulsory cycle helmets is contentious: they improve cyclist safety, but they can also discourage casual bicycle usage. A new study by academics at the University of NSW highlights one issue that won't be much comfort for those who want cycle helmet laws changed: people who ride without helmets are also more likely to ignore traffic rules and to ride drunk.