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Steve Farrell  says:

Hi-vis gear compulsory in France from next year

Motorcyclists in France face compulsory high visibility clothing from next year. The French government is pushing ahead with plans for compulsory hi-vis riding gear despite protests. From January 1 2013, riders of bikes over 125cc will have to wear a reflective item of clothing under the French version of the Highway Code. The reflective area must be on the upper body...

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Oct 08

Posts: 24

TWeaKoR says:

Surely they can't enforce this on foreigners - what about EU's Free Movement of Persons??

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Sep 11

Posts: 6

cretine says:

why all the fuss about buying new gear to go there just get one of the cheap waistcoat things to put over your normal jacket like the council wear.

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May 05

Posts: 17

essexboyc says:

While I completely disagree with this policy as it violates our freedom of choice, which the French are meant to be all for (Egalité, Liberté, Fraternité?), I've just measured the strip of Hi-Vis material on the front of my Hein Gericke jacket which worked out to be 40x5cm across the chest which is 200cm2 if I'm not mistaken and that's not adding in the other patches of hi-vis material on the back of the shoulders. Therefore this Hein Gericke jacket already complies with this law and doesn't look anywhere near as stupid as the one in the picture above, which is just exaggerating the point and sounding more like something the Daily Mail would write.

I have signed the petition however as I might want to wear my leather jacket instead on a sunny day and wouldn't be allowed to under this law. Surely some organisation could take whichever government implemented this law to court on the basis of it violating their human rights?!

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May 09

Posts: 5

Gerrycork says:

FRANCE is now off my list of countries to visit on my bike. QED

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May 06

Posts: 118

magmann says:

Marine Le Pen for French President!

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Aug 09

Posts: 301


I have that jacket....

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Feb 10

Posts: 5

foxtrotter says:

Petition - Low response

So only about 2800 signatues so far.  It may be a surprise to how many bikers might support this. It wasn't "cool" to wear a seat belt and later the crash helmet but many would have preferred to but didn't.  I suspect many bikers would be happy to wear hi- vis if it became law.

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Mar 10

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bmwgs says:


are you allowed to put the blue / white sqaured police tap on the side of your helmet as hivis stuff?

plus i wear a black jacket and hivis  green trousers so now have to wear a hivis over jacket to.

i my buy a old bike and spray it hizis green and wear a one piece hizis over sutie wth a green helmet , gloves and boots and see if i have some one pull out on me or try and knock me off.

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Jun 10

Posts: 31

Moke1275 says:

I totally agree with Ian Mutch's comments, more so the first part. But, the simple fact is that there are loads of folks out there who are "not fit" to drive. Regardless of the right and wrongs of it it must be better to improve your odds. Technically you are  right to cross the road at a Zebra crossing, technically there should be no need to look. AS they scrape you off the road here in Australia it wont help much saying "I was right!".

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Oct 06

Posts: 57


Hi Vis Amisch

It seems we are not alone in our annoyance at the nanny state.

Whilst it may be good sense to do some things I defend to the deat my right not to if I so wish. I shall be happy to take any consequences of my actions

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