11.13.05.02

.02 Protective Helmets.

A. On and after October 1, 1992, a person may not use, loan, borrow, sell, offer for sale, or distribute any protective helmets for use by the operators of motorcycles, or protective helmets for use by passengers, unless the protective helmets meet the standards established by the Administration.

B. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218, Motorcycle Helmets, 49 CFR §571.218 (1991), which is incorporated by reference, is adopted as the minimum standard for helmets required to be worn by operators and passengers on motorcycles in accordance with the requirements of Transportation Article, §21-1306, Annotated Code of Maryland.

C. The test procedures for protective helmets or headgear shall be the test procedures described in FMVSS 218.

D. The Administration shall accept all helmets which comply with the requirements of FMVSS 218, Motorcycle Helmets, 49 CFR §571.218 (1991).

E. The right is reserved to withdraw approval of a product at any time and for any cause considered reasonable by the Administration, or the Administration may require new approvals at any time it is considered necessary or reasonable.

F. Chin Strap.

(1) Each approved helmet shall be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be fastened when the motorcycle is in motion.

(2) The protective headgear shall be worn on the head with chin strap properly fastened, and in contact with the chin or jaw by both operator and passenger at all times that the motorcycle is in motion.