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Helmet laws: Czech Republic

Introduction and scope

The Czech Republic helmet law was proposed in 2000. Date of introduction unknown. It was originally intended for all ages, but was limited before enactment to children under 15 only and then revised to under 18 with effect from July 2006.

The law was introduced as part of a package, alongside a wide range of road safety measures, to tackle the sharp rise in road injuries following the end of Communism. It is understood that no prior research was conducted into the likely effect of a helmet law.

Compliance and enforcement

The law is not enforced, and it is not a police priority. Helmet use remains low in most parts of the country, even among children.

Effect on casualties

Not known.

Effect on cycle use

Although cycling by adults is very popular in many parts of the Czech Republic, cycle use by children and teenagers is low. It is not known if this is a consequence of the law.

Cost benefit

No analysis.