France. Motorcycle Riders And Passengers Required To Wear Gloves.

gantsbisIf you want another proof of how stringent are regulations for European bikers, here is a new one. Since Sunday November 20, French bikers and their passengers are required to wear gloves homologated by the European Community (EC)

First infraction is 68 euros ($65) and one point on your driver license. If ticket is not paid in the first 45 days, it’s 180 euros ($172) and you get more points on your driver license.

As expected, insurance companies intend to reduce indemnities in case you are involved in an accident and not wearing gloves… A regulation coming one day to US bikers?

18 Responses to “France. Motorcycle Riders And Passengers Required To Wear Gloves.”

  1. 1 smithncustom Nov 22nd, 2016 at 10:41 am

    crock of shit

  2. 2 JohnnySpeed Nov 22nd, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Considering how many states don’t even have helmet laws the chances of a regularion like this ever coming to the US is pretty much zero. That said, anyone who doesn’t wear gloves while they ride is just dumb. I’ve seen enough people lose enough skin in accidents to know that gloves just make sense.

  3. 3 BobS Nov 22nd, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Here in the US we try and let Darwinism rule the day, but it’s not working. The stupid are breeding faster than they kill themselves doing something dumb.

  4. 4 Fausto Simoes Nov 22nd, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    If you go down your hands tend to be the first thing that will hit the pavement, it is instinctive to use your hand to protect the rest of your body. I always wear gloves when I ride, and a helmet.

    As for making it an offence it seems to be going too far, the next step is defining what kind of footwear, pants jacket etc you should wear. I guess the next step is to completely outlaw motorcycles because they can be dangerous and you might get hurt.

    Soon you won’t be allowed to drive your own car.

  5. 5 Oddman Nov 22nd, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I don’t believe in any man-made laws, but who doesn’t wear gloves?

  6. 6 SmooveD Nov 22nd, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    The Butthurt is real

  7. 7 mkv Nov 22nd, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Good, there are a lot of morons out there that dont wear gloves and should be wearing them. But then again those morons that crash and dont wear gloves will understand after the fact.

  8. 8 Iron Horse Nov 22nd, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Agree with most here with wearing gloves. I’m totally against the government dictating how I live my life though.

  9. 9 nicker Nov 22nd, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    some smart ass once chided me for wearing gloves but not wearing a helmet…..
    I said:
    “Let em explain something very simple to you. Try wiping your ass with skinned up hands.”
    He said:
    “That’s stupid, what happens when you bust your head?”
    My reply:
    “With a busted head wiping your ass is the least of your problems.”


  10. 10 18Bravo Nov 22nd, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    With a busted head someone ELSE will be wiping your ass. Perhaps forever.

  11. 11 nicker Nov 22nd, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Regarding what “they” can or can’t require.

    It wasn’t that long ago that Joan Claybrook (head of Dot), because of the accident rate, wanted to legislate motorcycles off the road.

    Today we’re seeing driver-less transportation being developed at at fairly rapid pace. This technology is supposed to solve lots of infrastructure issues like overcrowding and so will have priority over other forms of transportation. One of the biggest problem for that technology is recognizing anomalies in traffic like motorcycles. If push came to shove one can expect that “society” would sacrifice motorcycles “for the common good”…….

    Never say Never.


  12. 12 Woody's Nov 22nd, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    …and yet no laws making folks in these nanny states wear condoms at all times.

  13. 13 Templar Nov 22nd, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I wear gloves and so should everyone who rides, but it is your choice not mine. And, like so many other things that start out as a requirement, you can bet this one will just lead to more. Already some countries require everything from clothing colors (reflective, hiviz, etc), to the equipment on a bike (only factory installed and stock). We don’t need to be told what to do, enough of that already, and I for one do not need some foreign government telling me how to manage my life!

  14. 14 Tobias Nov 23rd, 2016 at 8:03 am

    French roads are full with scooters and you cannot compare roads and traffic to the USA. There are many accidents and even the little ones hurt a lot if you don’t wear gloves. I bet that the insurance companies are just tired of paying for all the medical bills and this is not only about safety. Anyway it’s sensible to wear gloves. But in case you don’t, I am sure that the insurance will not cover the costs in case of an accident as of next year.

  15. 15 Duncan Salloway Nov 23rd, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I only wish that I had been wearing gloves when I learned my peddle bike. I still have gravel in my hands from 52 years ago. Always wear protection on my ride now,as much as possible, cause you never know when a cage is coming for you.

  16. 16 Tom Nov 23rd, 2016 at 10:55 am

    For many years I never wore a helmet or gloves unless it was really cold out and I try and ride all year even though snow when ice hampers it. As I get older approaching 60 I work gloves and a helmet much more often but I just love the feeling Of no gloves no helmet sometimes no jacket but I see this stupid in it it just feels so good. 😀

  17. 17 zjm Nov 25th, 2016 at 7:02 am

    In France the Taxpayer funds the health system ! and the last thing they want to do is spend extra fixing stupid People .

  18. 18 SYF Nov 28th, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Nicker, your first post is golden!

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