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Old 01-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know any more about this. I read on an Australian web site that the requirement to wear a patch of hi viz has been suspended. Can anyone confirm this?
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dunno about that, I'd just wear it anyway but ...

The Ministry of Transport in Paris confirmed yesterday that anyone driving in France must carry an ‘emergency hamper’, designed to ‘minimise risk of hunger in event of mechanical failure at lunch time, more than 2.4 kilometres from a brasserie’. The new rule was immediately dismissed as a ruse to collect fines from unsuspecting foreign motorists, particularly after it was revealed traffic cops have undergone training in ‘checking that what they’ve got in the basket looks like the kind of meal Juliet Binoche would throw together for a few friends on a hillside’.

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On the 20th December, a friend of mine, and a police officer mailed me to say that the proposed law in wearing Hi Viz whilst riding in France which was due to come into force on 1st January 2013 has been suspended by the French interior Minister Emmanuel Vallis.

The wearing of hi viz should be a personal choice and was argued that there was no scientific basis for the proposed rule.

I trust his word, but haven't checked it out yet.
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Anyone know any more about this. I read on an Australian web site that the requirement to wear a patch of hi viz has been suspended. Can anyone confirm this?
Further to the above I found this on the M.A.G. website dated 27th November...

We've just heard that the French interior Minister Emmanuel Valls has decided to withdraw the 150 square centimetre hi-viz rule.

Apparently he has acknowledged the protests from riders and that there really isn't any basis for the move.

MAG highlighted a few months ago, that apart from setting a dangerous precedent and creating the possibility that blame for accidents could be automatically shifted toward those riders not wearing the hi-viz as required, the French Government had also found itself in possible breach of an EU Directive which stipulated minimum quantities of hi-viz if hi-viz was being prescribed.
Much of what had been included under the previous French Government's 'Road Safety Plan' has now been watered down or thrown out completely. The new Socialist administration does appear to be taking on board the public strength of feeling and perhaps it acknowledges it is there to govern for the people, not over the people. Refreshing indeed.
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