QUT ePrints

Motorcycle protective clothing: Are stars better than standards?

Haworth, Narelle L., de Rome, Liz, Varnsverry, Paul, & Rowden, Peter J. (2007) Motorcycle protective clothing: Are stars better than standards? In 2007 Australasian Road Safety Research, Education and Policy Conference, 17-19 October 2007, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

Little information is available to Australian riders regarding the likely level of protection provided by different brands and types of protective clothing. Australian manufacturers and importers are not subject to any mandatory standards in relation to protective clothing except for helmets. This paper presents the results of the first stage of investigating the possibility of developing a model for a safety 'star rating' system for protective clothing. Later stages are proposed to include a market research study and a research study into the feasibility of implementing a 'star rating' system for protective clothing. It is considered that mandatory standards such as those in Europe are unlikely to bring about a marked improvement in motorcycle protective clothing without substantial allocation of resources to enforcement of the standard which has not occurred in Europe and is unlikely to occur in Australia. Therefore two models for a star rating system are proposed: a voluntary star rating system and a system in which the accrediting body purchases and tests garments and publishes the safety ratings (analogous to the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)). It is proposed that a star rating would be based on safety performance, weather protection and ergonomic performance. One of the issues to be addressed in the next stage of this research is whether the star rating should be presented as an overall score, or whether riders should be provided with the star ratings for the individual criteria. If an overall star rating was chosen, then how the results from the different tests were combined would need to be considered.

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

1,600 since deposited on 10 Mar 2008
336 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 12949
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link). Author affiliations: Narelle Haworth (Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland); Liz de Rome (LdeR Consulting Pty Ltd); Paul Varnsverry (PVA Technical File Services); Peter Rowden (Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Queensland)
Additional URLs:
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Textile Technology (091012)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Quality Management (150313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page