Jim Hand, Head of Safety Systems and Consumer Incentives, International Vehicle Standards Division, Department for Transport

Jim Hand is a principle engineer at the Department for Transport and leads the vehicle safety team within the International Vehicle Standards Division. He is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience across a varied career within the Department for Transport and the Ministry of Defence.

He currently leads the development of Government policy on vehicle crashworthiness and associated safety technologies, both domestically and within the United Nations in Geneva.

His responsibilities extend beyond regulation as he holds a position on the Board of Directors of EuroNCAP and oversees the SHARP safety helmet programme for motorcyclists in the UK.

Presentation: SHARP - Delivering safer helmets through consumer information
Motorcyclists represent one of the most vulnerable road user groups.  Typically in the UK they represent 1% of traffic but 19% of the casualties.  Significantly, around 80% of all motorcyclist fatalities and 70% of those with serious injuries, sustain head injuries.

SHARP provides advice on how to select a helmet that fits correctly and is comfortable, and information about the relative safety of helmets to help motorcyclists make an informed purchasing choice.  This presentation will provide a brief background to the programme, how it delivers on its objectives and how it might evolve in the future.