Motorbike rider appeals fine for wearing camera

SEEKING ANSWERS: Tony Deane with his helmet-mounted action camera. Trevor Veale
SEEKING ANSWERS: Tony Deane with his helmet-mounted action camera. Trevor Veale Trevor Veale

A BONVILLE motorcycle rider fined for wearing an action camera on his helmet is fighting to have the charges dropped.

Tony Deane was fined $311 and three demerit points for wearing a non-compliant helmet on the Pacific Hwy, south of Kempsey, on October 25 last year.

It is alleged the 40-year-old had breached compliance under the Australian Standard by modifying his helmet with external rigid projections greater than 5mm in height.


The action camera was allegedly attached to the top of his helmet, mounted with adhesive tape.

Under the mandatory standards, motorcycle helmets cannot be modified to change the "structural integrity" of the safety gear such as drilling holes in to the shell.

Tony, however, is arguing that temporarily fixing an action camera GoPro with tape to a helmet is an accessory, not a modification.

Australian Motorcycle Council spokesman Guy Stanford has renewed calls for the "extremely complex" laws surrounding helmet compliance standards to come under "immediate review" by state and federal governments.

"There is no reason a camera or communications device couldn't be attached so long as the helmet did not need to be modified to accept the attachment," he said. 

"Adding an accessory to your helmet doesn't change the structural integrity - if the accessory is removed, the helmet is the same as when supplied."

Guy said the raft of complex laws surrounding helmets were compounded by each state having their own requirements for helmets, which often clash.

"This is something we have been trying to get reviewed for five years," he said.

"State laws need to come into line with each other and it needs to be made very clear what's legal and what's not."

The Australian Motorcycle Council has made submissions to the government to alter legislation.


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