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High Vis Jacket required in France next year

not-everyone-agrees-with-a-the-new-french-law-requiring-bikers-to-carry-hi-vis-vests-at-all-times-$14112312$326Motorcyclists and scooter riders in France will be required by law to carry a high visibility jacket or face a fine of up to a 135 €.

This new law comes into effect on January 1st 2016 and French police can demand riders to show a yellow bib, with failure punishable by an 11 € fine, escalating to nearly €135 during a breakdown.

There is no obligation to wear the vest at all times, only to carry it on the bike or person.

High visibility jackets, shirts, vests and bibs carrying a CE mark for luminosity will all be accepted but simple reflective armbands or stripes will not.

British bikers planning a continental tour will not be exempt from the requirement.

Motorcycle lobby group Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere (FFMC) has argued bikers are more likely to get injured at the roadside as they waste time retrieving the jacket from under a seat or top box.

Meanwhile, motorcycle lobby group, the Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere (FFMC), has hit back at the new measures set to be implemented from 1 January 2016, arguing that wearing hi-vis vests will not solve the problem, but add to it, with the obligation to retrieve the vests from a bike's storage whilst being within close proximity of oncoming traffic presenting a danger in its own right.