Tuesday, January 10, 2012

France Takes Motorcycle Visibility So Seriously, They Make it Illegal Not to be Noticed

Hi Visibility Vest
All... okay, many of us know that wearing bright and reflective gear is one way to avoid getting plowed off the road by oblivious drivers, but France will soon be enforcing legal measures to ensure that motorcyclists are seen.
According to a new rule in their highway code that takes effect January 1, 2013, riders and passengers aboard any bike bigger than 125cc will be required to wear at least 150 square centimeters (each) of reflective fabric on their upper bodies-- and according to British motorcycle activists Riders Are Voters, France already requires reflective stickers on helmets.
I'll personally admit to not always following my own advice when it comes to visibility-- after all, black leather looks so much cooler looking than hi-vis orange, doesn't it?-- but I'd like to hear your thoughts: Do you think France has a right to impose clothing restrictions on its riders, and should the U.S. follow suit?

1 comment:

  1. It is very important from safety point of view, have to add some more reflective strips on boarder.
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