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Old 07-17-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Helmet Laws in France

Does anyone have any recent knowledge of the helmet laws in France regarding reflective stickers?

I've seen various forums and articles that state it is the law but is it actually enforced?

Does the sticker have to be yellow or can any reflective colour be applied?

Tried a search on here but didn't find anything relevant.

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Old 07-17-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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By law in France you need 4 reflective patches on a helmet for the road, silver or white, front back left right, and a clear visor. In reality you'd be very unlucky to get pulled over for this, many French riders ignore these well known rules.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:51 AM   #3
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By law in France you need 4 reflective patches on a helmet for the road, silver or white, front back left right, and a clear visor. In reality you'd be very unlucky to get pulled over for this, many French riders ignore these well known rules.
This.

I bought a new helmet a few months ago that did not have the reflectors so the sales guy put them on. When I got home I removed two of the four because they ruined the look of the artistry.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
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French helmet stickers

It is the law--and about the only one still applying to bikers.

If you buy a Shark helmet then they include 4 custom cut reflective stickers (up to you to apply)--if you need them then there are several basic versions available at minimal cost on a well known auction site.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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I always wondered why the BMW helmet I bought in France had those reflective stickers.

I think they were well done and improved the looks of the helmet.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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I've just come back from France. Live in the UK. No reflective sticker on my helmet. But I have a day Glow vest and sticker's of the reflective kind on the rear mud guard. Never stopped, Even with police around. It's call us your nut. If you have some somewhere, they are going to let you go. I think....
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #7
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Just done 2 weeks tour of France, basically down west, across south then back up east, i never noticed any other motorcyclist whilst there with reflective helmet stickers on, i did actually buy some stickers before trip but ended up just leaving them in tank bag.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Just done 2 weeks tour of France, basically down west, across south then back up east, i never noticed any other motorcyclist whilst there with reflective helmet stickers on, i did actually buy some stickers before trip but ended up just leaving them in tank bag.
The stickers are about the size of your thumb, so easy to overlook.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #9
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Cheers guys.

Think I'll give it a miss as we will only be in France for the trip down to Switzerland where we are based for a week or so. They're not going to look good on a plain black Arai.......

Anyways - I'd have thought that reflective strips would only be of use at night to reflect headlights etc......but we're not riding after dark, which is why I shall have the dark visor on
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:11 AM   #10
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I also recently drove through France and was not aware of this law.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:41 AM   #11
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I live next door in Luxembourg, we dont have the law, but another one you should be aware of, you need to have a reflective vest in case you breakdown, and two breathalisers in the bike at all times.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:45 AM   #12
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Helemet laws in france

I understand that both the above have now been dropped in France? (bikes only for the vest--and all cases for the breathalyser?)
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I live next door in Luxembourg, we dont have the law, but another one you should be aware of, you need to have a reflective vest in case you breakdown, and two breathalisers in the bike at all times.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:10 AM   #13
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I understand that both the above have now been dropped in France? (bikes only for the vest--and all cases for the breathalyser?)
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The vest thing is not required for bikes. Some sage person realized that a lot of bikes just don't have anywhere to put it. The breathalysers are 'required' to be onboard, but there is no sanction if they aren't and the chances of it being an issue are a billion to one.
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:24 AM   #14
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The reflective stickers do not apply for foreigners riding in France. That said hardly any French riders have them either.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:34 AM   #15
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The reflective stickers do not apply for foreigners riding in France. .
Actually that's not correct'
Full discussion on a French biker forum, Including direct quotes from the French minister of transport.

http://www.bikeclubfrance.com/viewto...?f=119&t=10394

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R 431-1 Annexe 22 05 is the code de la route law which is 'en vigeur' in France, and concerns all helmets sold and used by Motorcyclists on French territory. It confirms that all helmets must be homologated, and in France that means that reflective stickers must be included. Code de la route regulations and laws concern everyone who uses France's roads without exception, so that means R431-1 22 05 applies to everyone which includes any foreign visiting Motorcyclist.

Having said that, I have not seen many riders here with these stickers.
I think it may be being enforced in Paris, and maybe other major cities.
But I suggest you would be unlucky to be done for not having them.

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