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WATCH: Motorcyclist's dispute over GoPro on helmet

Posted by: Yvette Gray | 20 December, 2013 - 10:29 AM
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A motorcyclist is upset after he was fined by police for having a portable camera on his helmet.

Matt Smithson said he attached the GoPro to his helmet for his own safety after he was hit by a truck and had no proof it was the truck driver at fault.

Last week the electrician, 28, was pulled over in Camberwell and has since received a fine in the mail for a helmet offence which carries a $289 penalty and loss of demerit points.

Mr Smithson said he would dispute the fine.

WATCH: See footage from Matt Smithson's GoPro camera showing him get pulled over by police

"I'll take it to court because there's no clear view on what the rules are with having cameras, it needs to be transparent, it needs to be black and white," he said.

"There are no simple terms saying what you can and can't do."

But State Highway Patrol Inspector David Griffin said all helmets needed to meet the specified safety standards.

"I would suggest if you want to put this stuff on, you need to go to the manufacturer of the helmet to see if it's compliant and see if there are any products on the market that are compliant with the law," he said.

"What we don't want to see is people retro fitting stuff."

NICK McCALLUM'S TAKE: I must say, I'm confused, if you ping one, why don't you ping thousands of people who are actually wearing them at the moment?

You would have thought police would welcome them, make their investigative work so much easier.

Is this red tape gone nuts? It appears like it to me.

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  • Obviously the cops don't make the laws, only enforce them, but as helmet cams present no threat to safety as they instantly detach if the helmet should hit the ground then such laws are pointless. It seems more a way to control who can collect video evidence and who can't.

    David Hambly Saturday 28 December, 2013 - 5:54 AM
  • If helmet cameras are illegal for motorcyclists how can the Vic police then decide they will fit them to police motorcyclists as per recent news together with cameras for foot patrols in Frankston Vic???

    Don Friday 27 December, 2013 - 4:53 PM
  • It seems like the police think that they have some of right to dictate terms to the public when their them selfs brake the law most times.

    John Thursday 26 December, 2013 - 11:09 AM
  • It seems like the police think that they have some of right to dictate terms to the public when their them selfs brake the law most times.

    John Thursday 26 December, 2013 - 11:08 AM
  • Where does this leave Bluetooth headsets? The camera is not part of the helmet. The onus is in the police to prove that the device is not lawful.

    BikeMelb Wednesday 25 December, 2013 - 4:04 PM
  • The helmet standards vary from state to state. This police officer was clearly not familiar with the laws regarding the standards used for helmets, OR the GoPro mounting. The mistake that the rider made was he did not turn the camera towards the police and the second mistake was that he turned the camera off.....He should have kept it running as evidence.

    Daniel Allwood Monday 23 December, 2013 - 12:45 PM

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