Sunday, April 20, 2014

Motorcycle Riding in France and the law !

As you may know - The advanced training weekend to Normandy is rapidly approaching and Roy from Normandy, France has kindly sent me this information about riding a motorcycle in France:

Laws for using bikes in France:
1. Driving licence; Registration document; Insurance Cert and Accident report form, must be carried when riding.
2. A dipped headlight must be shown in daylight hours.
3. Yellow Gilets are not compulsory to wear for the  riding of motorcyles over 125cc ( 15KW), but are recommended be carried by all riders and pillions and worn during a breakdown or road side emergency.
4. Ethylotest breath testers must be carried in/on all motorised vehicles as of 1st March 2013. The fine for being caught without them has been repealed by law on 28th Feb 2013.
5. Filtering or lane splitting in stationary or slow moving traffic is illegal on the basis that no rule exists in the Code de la Route. The practice is tolerated to a degree in large urban areas. If caught up in this, overtake to the left only when pulling out of a lane and do NOT use high beam headlight. Keep speed very low.
6. Sat Nav systems must comply with the latest regulations, which ban the warning of Safety Camera installations.
I. Future Regulations:-
1. With the EU Parliament decision to integrate motorcycles into the mandatory regular testing regulations in 2022, new legislation will be introduced to cover this requirement.
2. It was proposed in 2012 by the Maire of Paris, that all motorcycles over 10 years old are to be banned from the centre of Paris from 2014 in a bid to clean up air pollution.
3. It is possible that ‘filtering’ in heavily congested areas like major city centres may be legalised. An experiment is scheduled to start in the last 1/4 of 2014.

4. The CNSR is currently reviewing whether motorcyclists must carry Hi-Viz Gilets on their bikes to be used in the event of a breakdown or other incident. This would bring bikers in line with the law currently in force for other road users.

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