Safety helmet in Europe

Country
Found: 31
Countrynot mandatorymandatory
Austria - Bicycles (Only for children)
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Belgium Bikes Mopeds(except those with an enclosed compartment for the driver)
Motorbikes with or without a sidecar (except those with a seatbelt and enclosed compartment for the driver)
Tricycles (light & heavy ) (except those with an enclosed compartment for the driver)
Quad bikes (light & heavy ) (except those with an enclosed compartment for the driver)
Bulgaria Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Croatia Bicycles (mandatory for children up to 16) Mopeds
Motorcycles with/ without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Cyprus Bicycles
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Czech Republic Bicycles (under-18's) Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Denmark Bicycles
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Estonia Cyclists and drivers of Segways, mini-mopeds and mopeds under 16 must wear a strapped cycle helmet when riding or driving on a road. Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles (Does not apply to enclosed 3- and 4-wheeled motorcycles and mopeds with seat belts and seats installed by the manufacturer)
Finland Bicycles (recommended) Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
France Bicycles (Recommended for children) Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Germany Bicycles Mopeds (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)
Greece Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Hungary Bicycles (Mandatory only outside built-up areas, at speeds higher than 50 km/h)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Mandatory where the maximum design speed is above 20 km/h)
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Ireland Bicycles Recommended but not mandatory Mopeds
It is compulsory for riders and pillion passengers to wear a safety helmet which must be properly secured. It is advisable to use dipped headlights at all times when driving. High-visibility clothing should be worn to increase visibility and to help other road users to clearly see riders and any pillion passengers.

Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
It is compulsory for riders and pillion passengers to wear a safety helmet which must be properly secured. It is advisable to use dipped headlights at all times when driving. High-visibility clothing should be worn to increase visibility and to help other road users to clearly see riders and any pillion passengers.

Light and heavy tricycles
These vehicles are classified as category B vehicles and the Road Safety Authority strongly recommends the use of safety helmets and other protective equipment by drivers.

Light and heavy quadricycles
These vehicles are classified as category B vehicles and the Road Safety Authority strongly recommends the use of safety helmets and other protective equipment by drivers.
Italy Bicycles Mopeds (Except with a passenger compartment)
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Except with a safety shell)
Light and heavy tricycles (Except with a safety shell)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Except with a safety shell)
Latvia Bicycles (Mandatory only for children) -
Liechtenstein Bicycles
Drivers do not need to wear a helmet, unless they will be riding faster than 20km/h
Mopeds
Helmet must comply with UNECE Regulation 22

Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Helmet must comply with UNECE Regulation 22

Light and heavy tricycles
Helmet must comply with UNECE Regulation 22

Light and heavy quadricycles
Helmet must comply with UNECE Regulation 22
Lithuania Bicycles
(Mandatory for cyclists under 18, recommended for others)
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Does not apply to motorcycles equipped by the manufacturer with a safety roll cage roof and safety belt system)
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Luxembourg Bicycles Mopeds
Drivers are exempted from this obligation when the vehicle is fitted with a body structure (but in such case there is mandatory use of seatbelts).

Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Drivers are exempted from this obligation when the vehicle is fitted with a body structure (but in such case there is mandatory use of seatbelts).

Light and heavy tricycles

Light and heavy quadricycles
Malta Bicycles
The use of helmet is mandatory for power assisted pedal cycles and for children under 10 travelling pillion in a safety seat.
Two-wheel vehicles of category L1e (mopeds)
Two-wheel vehicles of categories L3e, L4e (motorcycles with/without a sidecar)
Motor tricycles of categories L2e, L5e (light and heavy tricycles)
Motor quadricycles of categories L6e, L7e (light and heavy quadricycles)
Netherlands Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Norway Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Poland Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Except vehicles originally equipped with seat-belts)
Light and heavy tricycles (Except vehicles originally equipped with seat-belts)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Except vehicles originally equipped with seat-belts and closed bodywork)
Portugal Bicycles Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Romania Bicycles
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Slovakia - Bicycles (Cyclists up to 15 on all roads, all cyclists outside built-up areas)
Mopeds (Drivers and passengers)
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Drivers and passengers)
Light and heavy tricycles (Drivers and passengers)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Drivers and passengers)
Slovenia Bicycles (Mandatory for children) Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Not mandatory for vehicles fitted with a restraint system)
Light and heavy tricycles (Not mandatory for vehicles fitted with a restraint system)
Light and heavy quadricycles (not mandatory for vehicles fitted with a restraint system or closed cabin)
Spain Bicycles
(Cyclists under 16: mandatory Cyclists over 16: recommended in urban areas and mandatory outside urban areas )
Mopeds (Exemption for medical reasons – on presentation of a medical certificate)
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar (Exemption for medical reasons – on presentation of a medical certificate)
Light and heavy tricycles (Exemption for medical reasons – on presentation of a medical certificate)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Exemption for medical reasons – on presentation of a medical certificate)
Sweden - Bicycles (Only for under 15's)
Mopeds
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles
Light and heavy quadricycles
Switzerland Bicycles
Drivers do not need to wear a helmet provided that the maximum speed is not higher than 20km/h
Mopeds Helmet must comply with UN ECE Regulation 22
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar Helmet must comply with UN ECE Regulation 22
Light and heavy tricycles Helmet must comply with UN ECE Regulation 22
Light and heavy quadricycles Helmet must comply with UN ECE Regulation 22
United Kingdom Bicycles Strongly recommended but not mandatory.
Light and heavy tricycles Strongly recommended but not mandatory.
Light and heavy quadricycles Strongly recommended but not mandatory.
Mopeds Exemptions: followers of the Sikh religion while wearing a turban.
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
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