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The Horses (Protective Headgear for Young Riders) Regulations 1992

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Horses (Protective Headgear for Young Riders) Regulations 1992 and shall come into force on 30th June 1992.


2.  In these Regulations—

(a)a reference to a British Standard means a British Standard mentioned in an item in the Schedule as originally published or as subsequently amended by an Amendment Slip mentioned in that item;

(b)“the Directive” means Council Directive 89/686/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to personal protective equipment(1);

(c)“EC mark of conformity” has the same meaning as in the Directive; and

(d)a reference to a numbered regulation is a reference to the regulation bearing that number in these Regulations and to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph bearing that number in the regulation in which it appears.

Disapplication of section 1 of the Act

3.—(1) Section 1 of the Act shall not apply in relation to a child described in paragraph (2) nor to the riding of horses in the circumstances specified in paragraph (3).

(2) A child referred to in paragraph (1) is a child who is a follower of the Sikh religion while he is wearing a turban.

(3) The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)the riding is within 30 metres of the high water mark of ordinary spring tides; and

(b)the horse is being led on a leading rein on foot by the owner of the horse or another person aged 18 years or over who is authorised to do so by the owner; and

(c)no more than two horses are being led at any one time.

Descriptions of protective headgear

4.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), for the purposes of section 1 of the Act the protective headgear to be worn by a child riding a horse on a road, other than a child in relation to whom or in circumstances in relation to which section 1 is disapplied by regulation 3, shall be a helmet which—

(a)in the case of a helmet manufactured on or after 1st July 1992, bears the EC mark of conformity and satisfies the basic health and safety requirements laid down in Annex II to the Directive for a helmet which is manufactured with the intention that it should be worn by a child riding a horse or a pedal cycle on a road;

(b)in the case of a helmet manufactured before 1st July 1992—

(i)conforms to a British Standard and bears a marking applied by the manufacturer indicating compliance with the requirements contained in the British Standard; or

(ii)conforms to any relevant national standard of a national standards institution of, or a public authority of, another Member of State of the European Communities, or conforms to any national regulation of such Member State, provided that the standard or regulation offers guarantees of safety, suitability and fitness for purpose equivalent to those offered by a British Standard and bears a marking or an equivalent indication applied by the manufacturer indicating compliance with the requirements contained in the relevant standard or regulation; or

(iii)is such that it could reasonably be expected to afford the child a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident similar to or greater than that provided by a helmet conforming to a British Standard meeting the requirements of paragraph (1)(b)(i) or any relevant national standard or regulation meeting the requirements of paragraph (1)(b)(ii).

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a) a helmet shall be regarded as satisfying the basic health and safety requirements if the manufacturer is able to comply with the provisions of Article 5(2) of the Directive.

(3) In this regulation a reference to a helmet bearing an EC mark of conformity is a reference to a mark properly applied in accordance with articles 8 to 13 of the Directive.

Manner of wearing headgear

5.  For the purposes of section 1 of the Act a helmet which conforms to the requirements of regulation 4 shall be securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of the straps or other fastening provided on the headgear for that purpose.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State

Kenneth Carlisle

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State,

Department of Transport

20th May 1992

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