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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013

    Default motorcycling in france

    can anyone please give me advice on what i need on my motorbike while riding in france,holland and belgium as i keep getting told differant things eg breathaliser?bulb kits?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012


    No wonder you get conflicting advice: This from The AA -

    1 March 2012 - the French government confirmed that from 1 July 2012 drivers of all motor vehicles and motorcycles (excluding mopeds) must carry a breathalyser. The regulation will be enforced from 1 November 2012 and anyone stopped after that date who fails to produce a breathalyser when requested will receive an on the spot fine of €11.

    January 2013 - the French government announced that the implementation of the sanction for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed indefinitely.

    So theoretically you are still required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance.

    The original official announcement stated that one unused, certified breathalyser must be produced showing the French certification mark NF. Carrying two single-use breathalysers will ensure that if one is used or damaged, you will still have a spare to produce. The breathalyser produced has to be in date - single-use breathalysers normally have a validity of twelve months.
    January 2012 - the French government announced that from 1 January 2013 all drivers and passengers of a motorcycle over 125cc or a motor tricycle over 15 KW/h must wear reflective clothing when riding their vehicles and in the event of an emergency stop/breakdown.

    January 2013 - the French government announced that the law that made reflective equipment compulsory for motorcycle riders and passengers in France from 1 January has been abolished.
    In my experience of driving cars in France, it would be wise to take the breathalyzer and high viz vest anyway.

    This from the general advice:
    Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger of any two-wheel motorised vehicle. A law requiring the helmet to display reflective stickers was introduced some years ago but has not been enforced until now. All helmets must display reflective stickers on the front, rear and sides - see ‘compulsory equipment’.

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