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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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Mar 11

Posts: 12

Hi Vis

I believe that the proposed legislation is for a "retro-reflective area of 150 sq cm. As has been pointed out, that is equivalent to a square patch 12.25 cm by 12.25 cm, or just under 5" by 5". That is very small and likely to be of no more use than the existing, considerably larger retro-reflective area already mounted at the rear of all vehicles - the registration plate. In the UK these are yellow and in France they are white. And the patch on your jacket is likely to be obscured by your top box (which will probably have red reflectors on it!). Stupidly, perhaps, the reflector may not be placed on the back of your helmet, which I think might be the best place for it. The whole thing is a storm in a teacup and a waste of French taxpayers money.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2

redzedrider says:

Is this reflective area meant to be at the front or back of the rider?

If at the front it will be probably be obscured by the fairing and at the rear it is of absolutely no use in warning traffic that you are approaching, so why have it?

Just how many bikes are rear-ended in France each year??

And what about your pillion?  They will obstruct any rear facing material on your jacket, just as you will obstruct any forward facing material on theirs.

So is it OK to split the reflective panel between rider and pillion?

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Jan 12

Posts: 1

bikermurf says:


its high time we as a country stood up for ourselves, and countries that are nothing to do with us and are trying to rule us thru the back door should back off,remember agincourt.

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Jul 07

Posts: 41

PingCrosby says:

"let them eat hi-viz clothing!"

Methinks another revolution is on the cards, starting with those useless twats at Brussels.

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Apr 10

Posts: 3


Somethings stinks here........and it's not just the fat EuroCats!  Cars etc hit bikers (and cyclists) and they also hit other vehicles.  Oh and let's remember all the pedestrians hit crossing the road too!  Much of the time because they don't see them.  So if the solution to avoid hitting bikers is to force them to wear high-vis then if follows that all other road users should have some sort of high-vis marking.

So the ministers frrm barking madsville would have every man jack bike and lorry glowing like a big yellow light stick if they followed thier own ill informed and utter bunkum nonsense.

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Aug 02

Posts: 3265

eatcs01 says:

Reflective stickers

I think I'll get some stickers made up for my leathers. I think a nice RAF roundel and a SPITFIRE should do nicely. Just to remind the French why German isn't their first language.....

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Oct 10

Posts: 5

NieljohnUK says:

Don't make me laugh...

You can do the full Day-Glo Derek, on a fuc* off ugly great BMW with full striped/chequer board and the blind B'stards will still not see you! I wear it, if only to make sure the b'stards have no excuse, anus Bus Drivers (University of Southampton Uni-Link especially, pedestrian crossing RED lights also don't apply to them either...) who believe they are gods gift don't consider bikes or bikers, driving a 10 Tonne double decker we are just road kill! Imported taxi drivers coming a close second, though the huge 9" screen or larger prat nav's centred in their vision mean they don't even see stopped cars at times! Then the too old/blind/infirm drivers who should have given up years ago, the 75 year old one in Portsmouth who flattened walls, bikes and hit several cars got points, a fine, and to keep his licence!!! Would day-glo have helped, would it fuc*! And under European 'harmonisation' we'll get compulsory day-glo here too, so two fingers to the French (I've got my bow-string fingers salute) and Europe, come on Cameron do the job, get us out of the Euro sh*t properly.

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Feb 10

Posts: 196

wesley01 says:


There is no evidence to support this action of hi viz jackets or clothing prevent any accidents and collisions! So making it law is beyond a joke, hell I ride a kawasaki zx7R and the entire bike is a hi viz jacket on wheels, but this has not stopped many bad motorists almost taking me out. Maybe they should bring a law out that driver should use their mirrors and indicators oh wait!!!!!!!!!!

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Dec 07

Posts: 84

HF_ZX10r says:

I've Had Enough !

I think I'll give up biking and take up russian roulette.

If you listen to the hype, it's safer and you need less safety equipment.


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Nov 09

Posts: 1

HarleyIan says:

Compulsory Hi-vis gear in France from next year, you are having a laugh!!!

Why are we making it easier for car drivers to knock us off?

In over 30 years or riding all over the world traveling in excess of 500,000 miles I have been knocked off my motorcycle three times while wearing Hi-vis clothing while on the major road by cars trying to join the main road.

Something is missing, its called cognition

Why are we being penalised for the deficiencies of others?

Why not insist that spikes are permanently fixed to all car steering wheels facing the drivers? Now that would get my vote.  Well done to the Mutch for putting it so eloquently.

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