Where we want to be:-
Where riders, when purchasing protective clothing, can make informed choices as to:-
- the level of protection they are purchasing,
- the level of thermal comfort they are purchasing.
EN 13595, EN 13594 and EN 13634 have tests for abrasion resistance, tear resistance, seam burst strength and cut resistance. The actual results will be reported in terms of time to failure etc rather than on a pass/fail basis.
This approach will allow garments to be ranked in order of performance allowing riders to make informed decisions. It will also ensure continuing competition between manufacturers.
The MCC does not support the introduction of a Standard as this is inappropriate and unworkable due to Australia’s diverse climate. Also, a Standard provides no incentive for the continual improvement in the quality of protective clothing being offered for sale, it will only set a minimum quality that has to be achieved.
The MCC does not support mandating protective clothing but rather it supports providing riders with information so they can make an informed choice.