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Hi,

I'm Ben :)

I wear a Shoei XR-1000 and ride a Black Aprilia SR 50 R, 09.


I was wondering are you allowed to wear slightly tinted or fully black visors in the UK?


Please write back as i have scratched mine and need a new one :)


Ben

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The medium tint one you've linked to doesn't state that it's road legal, but the light tinted one does.


Can't be 100% though till youv'e seen the BS numbers on it.


Best bet, ask supplier for road legal status or BS numbers before you buy if you wanna stay on the good side of the law (I use a non-legal dark tinted visor on sunny days) :twisted:

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The medium tint one you've linked to doesn't state that it's road legal, but the light tinted one does.


Can't be 100% though till youv'e seen the BS numbers on it.


Best bet, ask supplier for road legal status or BS numbers before you buy if you wanna stay on the good side of the law (I use a non-legal dark tinted visor on sunny days) :twisted:

 

Do police even stop you?

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I'm new to the biking world so haven't spent that much time with it on yet, i think generally you get left alone unless you give them another reason to stop you, ACPO guidelines to police officers is to issue advice if a dark tinted visor is used in sunlight.

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Hiya...


Road legal ones will say 'road legal' on the advert... the dark tint ones are not road legal... the company is for 'race visors' and theyre on offshore company based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, u cant buy them in this country as far as i know.


I seriously think the law needs looking at... the legal ones barely make a difference, and i have a black one from racevisors and it makes riding so much safer... ive had eye surgery and the glare from the sun can be too much.


Always carry a spare clear in pouch to change if the weather gets bad or it becomes dark :)

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Just get a dark one and carry a clear visor with you, I have one from racevisors.com and it looks dark from the outside but not too bad and its ok in dull conditions but in the sun and in winter with a low sun I wouldn't care if it was illegal cos I prefer to be able to see.


Oh and as the law comes it sucks I can see more through a dark visor than I can ever see at night! 8-)

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I'm with techno.


the law is that a visor must pass 50% of visable light (this makes it very light tint btw).


ACPO have released guidance that if a rider is wearing a dark visor on a sunny day and they are carrying a clear one then it would not advise charging. However, this is just guidance and I know a couple of people who have been done for wearing dark visors but coppers since the guidance was released.


I wear a dark visor and carry a clear one with me as I think a dark visor is safer than wearing sunglasses under a clear visor (I can lift the visor to go through a tunnel for instance), but I also understand that I may get pulled for it.

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I have a black one (dark tint) and it is far safer to be wearing one in sunny conditions than a clear one in my opinion. I just keep a clear one in my rucksack, never had a problem. Heard of a few people stopped for wearing them but as soon as they showed they had a clear one with them they just told them to change it when they get home or something.

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i have an iridium visor and a clear one, never carry it though, and have another helmet with clear visor for lower light riding.. not been pulled for it, but then don't try and make myself a beacon for the old bill...

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Right mate, this is the Police's point of view.


This was taken from the:

 

Association of Chief Police Officer of England,

Wales & Northern Ireland

Motorcycle Enforcement Strategy

For

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

 

On tinted visors they say:

 

Tinted visors, if used during daylight hours, advice only, if used

during the hours of darkness or conditions of reduced visibility

consider prosecution using ‘Tintman’ equipment where

available.


It is acknowledged that there is much debate about this issue

and many variables and anomalies can be applied. Therefore a

pragmatic approach is necessary and only in cases where there

is an obvious danger should prosecution be considered.

 

Put in simple terms, they will ignore it if it's not dangerous, for example you use one at night or in bad weather. I have a mirrored visor that is obvious and illegal. I have been followed by Police, parked next to Police and followed Police myself and none of them have ever bothered me with it... A few reasons for this.


1. It's always been a sunny clear day

2. I was not riding like an idiot

3. The one I parked next to I chatted to and was polite to.


To be doubly sure I always carry a clear visor.

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I'd love to get an iridium visor for my lid, but the legality issues put me off a bit. How do u think a light tinted visor combined with a light tinted pinlock insert would be against the sun, and in the eyes of the law?

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