Here’s Looking At You……

Ever since somebody took a 19th century “Sam Browne Belt” and adapted the concept by covering it with high-visibility cloth, then adding reflective material and wore it while riding a motorcycle, there has been a debate whether high-visibility (aka Day Glo or Hi Viz) actually helps riders’ visibility. In 2011 to 2013, rumours were rife […]

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Hi-Viz Last Chance Saloon

Last year we published a short survey for riders to complete. The survey asked riders simple questions regarding High Visibility clothing which were: Do You Wear Hi-Viz  (Yes/No)  and your reason for wearing or not wearing Hi-Viz. The lead up to the survey was mainly because of the proposals in France to make the wearing […]

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Hi Viz Thin End

Whilst we have just reported on the recommendations by France’s National Road Safety Council to the French Government on the carrying of Hi Viz vests for French motorcyclists, MAG Ireland, the Irish Motorcyclists’ Action Group, reports that in Ireland novice riders will have to wear a fluorescent “N” tabard. The announcement has come as the […]

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Enlightened Minister

In January this year the Minister of the Environment Alex Atwood replied to a question in the Northern Ireland Assembly from Mr Phil Flanagan Sinn Féin, whether his Department has considered requiring drivers to drive with dipped headlights on, at all times between October and March. In his reply the Minister set out the requirements […]

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French Hi Viz

Last year over a 100,000 motorcyclists, coordinated by the French riders group The Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers), demonstrated in France against their government’s plans to introduce a raft of road safety policies. The proposal to make the wearing of high visibility fluorescent vests mandatory and the […]

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MAG Ireland High Viz Survey

MAG Ireland reports that its high viz survey has drawn a fantastic response. MAG Ireland say, “We are truly grateful to everyone who took part and in so doing helped to shine a light on this contentious issue. We were particularly impressed with the number and quality of the comments left by those who took […]

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Update on French Protests etc etc

The French motorcycle magazine, MOTOMAG reports on what seems to be a change of position from the French Government after the recent mass protests by French riders. The protests, regarding new traffic legislation proposals, included for motorcyclists the mandatory wearing of Hi-Viz. MOTOMAG reports that the Interior Minister persists in the idea of improving the […]

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RSA on Type Approval & High-Viz

MAG Ireland reports that The RSA (Road Safety Authority) has published a page on it’s web site [click here] about both the EU type approval proposals and it’s own proposal to make high visibility clothing mandatory for riders & pillion passengers. Recently at Right To Ride we wrote to the RSA for further clarification on […]

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Compulsion Hi Viz

The Hi Viz Debate Rumbles On The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme)/UEM (Continental Union for Europe) has just published its latest Public Policy Newsletter. The newsletter reports on subject such as the airbag jacket, Italian schools programme, Crete – helmet campaign update, UN Decade of Action for Road Safety events, FIM Experienced Rider Training Symposium […]

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French Bikers Protest

UK France Bikers.com reports that yesterday’s – 18th June 2011 – French riders protests organised by the FFMC – the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (The French Federation of Angry Bikers) against their governments plans to introduce a raft of “ridiculous” road safety policies and law enforcement legislation attracted approximately 100,000 riders across France […]

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Angry In France

FFMC – the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (The French Federation of Angry Bikers) are getting hot under the collar, in fact they are getting very angry. The reason is that their government is planning to introduce a raft of legislation in the name of safety that will not only affect motorcyclists in France, […]

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