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By MCN -
27 June 2012 15:07
From January next year all French motorcyclists will have to wear a certain amount of hi-vis over their jacket. Good thing?
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Makes sweet FA difference IMO. In order to see you, a driver has to first direct their attention away from the mobile phones, lipsticks, coffees, magazines (yes I overtook a guy once who was reading a magazine on a motorway whilst 'driving') and all the other countless distractions drivers have. They only thing I rely on is the assumption that I will NOT be seen by drivers. I pretend I'm invisible and use my throttle to make and keep large buffers. The speeding tickets I get are the price for I pay for not dying. Well worth it really.
20 August 2012 14:08
More French madness
Now the Frenchies want all cars and bikes to have to carry alcohol breathelizer kits. And surprise surprise the two manufactures that are having a boom time, are both....French. I can just imagine how many drunks are going to not get in their cars, or bikes, search for their tiny breathelizer, then work out how it works, blow, and decide not to ride, drive. Yes that's very likely!
They are completely bonkers. So we have Retro Hi Viz clothing, 106bhp bikes for locals, no Sat Nav warnings of speed cameras, breathelizer kits.... What a pain in the derriere it'll be to drive legally in France.
04 July 2012 19:40
Agree with Europeben
On reflection Europeben is right. The only time I was ever pulled over in France was because the cops wanted to have a look at my bike. They were full of compliments and very nice about it, despite them having caused me a scare. It was a black BMW K1300S with an Akrapovic race only exhaust system. They especially loved the exhaust. In the UK I'm sure I would have got points and a fine.
I still think silly laws, like the 106bhp limit are silly regardless of whether they are adhered to. Same goes for the retro reflective law that we're calling Hi-Vis here. It makes obeying the good laws more difficult when some are obeyed and others ignored.
The maddest law in France was priorite adroite - giving way to all traffic coming onto your road from the right, however slow and dangerous. I don't know if they still have that one, or it's just ignored.
03 July 2012 21:50
It's not the French, nor the Hi-Vis.
03 July 2012 09:00
restests at 50
I think regular evaluation every 5 years, i.e. theory, hazard awareness and eyesight test. Having to do a full retest isn't necessary and would be a major pain. Most old people wouldn't be able to pass theory or hazard awareness so they'd pretty much all disappear from the roads anyway.
Hi-Viz is a good idea in bad weather conditions, not sure it makes much difference otherwise.
A flashing blue light on your helmet might help.
02 July 2012 16:51
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