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…