Hi-vis gear compulsory in France from next year

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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 and cover at least 150 square centimetres. The requirement will apply to riders and pillions and is likely to affect foreigners travelling in France.  

Failure to comply could lead to a fine of €68.

MAG’s Ian Mutch said: “We contend that a motorist who is incapable of identifying a normally dressed rider and motorcycle in conditions of good visibility is not fit to hold a driving licence.

“Making extreme demands of motorcyclists in respect of their clothing is to effectively persecute the victims of problem to accommodate the failings of those who often cause them.”

Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell