Riders and passengers of the following motor vehicles are required to wear a crash helmet:
- Mopeds, motor bikes (with two or three wheels, twin-wheeled or otherwise)
- Three-wheeled vehicles with an own weight of more than 400 kg which are licensed as motor vehicles
- Quads (Four-wheeled motor vehicles with a design speed of more than ~ 15.5 mph [25 km/h] and the characteristics of a motor cycle (in particular a handle bar, operating and display elements and a bench seat)
Wearing a crash helmet is not compulsory for
- drivers of vehicles with a closed, cabin-like superstructure provided that a suitable, technically equivalent protective system (e.g. special seat belt system) offers adequate protection.
Cycling: Children up to the age of 12 are required to wear a bike helmet. This obligation applies when the child itself cycles, when being transported in a bicycle trailer and when being transported on a bicycle. People supervising children up to the age of 12 are responsible for their wearing bike helmets.
People aged 12 and over are not required to wear a bike helmet.
Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology