Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

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Ireland’s Road Safety Authority has confirmed plans to make all motorcyclists wear high-visibility clothing.

A spokesman for the authority said: “We do intend to seek to introduce the measure in 2014, subject to consultation with motorcyclists and industry on the most appropriate type of hi-vis material and possible solutions.”

Nich Brown, General Secretary of the Motorcycle Action Group, said: “Too many riders have been unwilling to believe they will be forced to wear day-glo clothing in the near future. Until now the RSA has soft-pedalled its determination to legislate, but now there is no doubt that the authorities are serious.”

MAG is staging a string of protest rides this Sunday over the threat of compulsory hi-vis and EC plans to make new bikes tamper proof.

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell