France forces bikers to wear gloves, or face a fine!

New law forces all motorcycle riders to protect their hands.

France have some of the most restrictive – or progressive depending on you point of view – laws surrounding motorcycles and their usage in the world. Already riders have to carry a Hi-Viz jacket/vest with them in case of roadside emergencies (or risk a fine of €135 fine) and all helmets must display ‘at least 18 cm2 worth of reflective material’.

There are also a few other laws about carrying spare bulbs and a alcohol breath-testing kit, but most people ignore those because there isn’t a fine associated with carrying them.

Now though, there is another law to contend with.

All riders of Motorcycles, Scooters or Trikes in France must now wear gloves when operating their vehicles. If a rider is caught without a pair of protective gloves on their hands (not just in his or her possession) then they could be subject to a €68 fine and a point addition to their license.

Naturally, this ‘ban on civil liberties’ has some motorcycling groups up in arms,


The motoring group FFMC or Fédération française des motards en colère (which literally translates according to Google as the ‘French Federation of Angry Bikers’ have already made the following statement,

“It’s not that we are against the gloves, the problem is that we’re forced to wear them under the threat of fines and losing points. There’s no lives at stake here, and if we don’t wear gloves then we aren’t threatening other people’s integrity,”.

To be honest, we wouldn’t ever go riding without at least a short pair of gloves on. We’ve seen too many cases of road-rash to want to risk not protecting our hands, even from the most minor of falls. But it’s always nice to have a choice in these matters we suppose…



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    Holderness Biker

    September 22, 2016 at 13:22

    It should be mandatory to wear armour at all the primary impact points in my opinion.

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    September 22, 2016 at 15:56

    fine is €68 and 1 point. You could still be wearing flip flops and speedos

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    Lithium MMO

    September 24, 2016 at 08:01

    The main problem is that they have to fit the EPI standards (Individual Protection Equipement) and most of the bikers already

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    Go Coffee Energy

    September 24, 2016 at 08:25

    Well…socialized medicine! If you need skin grafts it costs the State more! In 10 years… full body armor required!

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    September 24, 2016 at 09:04

    don’t know why you wouldn’t wear gloves anyway?????

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    Paul Goodman

    September 24, 2016 at 10:59

    Seen a few riders here in Belfast on the odd sunny day we’ve had, not wearing gloves. It’s just stupid.

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    September 24, 2016 at 19:37

    must admit I do believe that the UK should make it law to wear all the required protective gear some idiot ride in shorts

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    Ryan Shaw

    October 6, 2016 at 12:22

    Wow their road cops must have a lot of work to do with all these fines etc

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