Road safety: mandatory yellow vests for bikers

In recent days, a new accessory is featured prominently in the product line for two-wheelers: the safety vest. Mandatory for motorists since 2008, it is now essential for drivers of mopeds, motorcycles and scooters. “This is a classic vest as motorists have in their vehicle for a few years now,” says Stephen Brooches, manager of a store in Limoges in Haute-Vienne.

From 11 to 135 Euros of fine


There was no increase in sales of this vest to wear in case of accident. Offenders are subject to sanctions: 11 Euros fine in case of absence of reflective vest, and 135 Euros if they do not wear it after an emergency stop. A new obligation is that does not please bikers. On the professional side, some have already equipped their scooters.


Wearing a yellow vest: what are the rules

The high visibility vest is now mandatory for bikers. However, they must not wear it permanently. They must have it at hand and put it in case of danger. Since January 1, 2016, every biker must have a “high visibility” vest. However, he does not have to wear it while driving. One year after the entry into force of this regulation, it may be useful to recall the new legal framework. Indeed, neglecting this obligation may expose the rider to a fine.


All types of motorcycles are concerned, regardless of the model and the number of wheels: 2, 3 or 4 wheels. If it is not mandatory to wear it, the safety vest must be with you every day, stored on your motorcycle or on your scooter. If the police control you, you must be able to show it. Otherwise, you will incur a fine of 11 Euros.


A vest with standards

Even though we traditionally speak of a yellow vest, the decree in question (# 2015-514) uses the term “high visibility” vest. Indeed, the text imposes 2 standards for the vest (EN 471 and EN 1150), but several colors. To help you verify compliance, at the time of your purchase, the standard is on the garment label. The yellow vest is the most common and the name “yellow vest” has become generic. However, you can find a range of regulatory colors: red, orange-red, yellow-green, yellow-orange, green and pink. The only absolute rule regarding these colors: they must be fluorescent.


To note

In addition, it must be a vest and not an armband, a belt or reflective strips on the back, pants or motorcycle boots. You can of course decide to put it on you every day. In winter, in fog, snow, rain, you will be sure to be well seen by all road users. We know, on a motorcycle, it’s absolutely essential.


If, on the contrary, the weather is clear and beautiful, the circulation is fluid and without apparent danger, you can leave it in your trunk or your top box. Therefore, like all other road users, it will be imperative to put it if a danger or an emergency occurs. This is the case if you have to stop on the roadside, if you are down in the middle of the road or if you have to take a few steps on the emergency stop strip to reach a terminal.

Safety vest is mandatory for the safety of drivers

They have been mandatory since 2008, for the safety of drivers. However, according to a study conducted for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car rental company, one in four French citizens does not have a safety vest or a pre-signaling triangle in their car.


Karl Lagerfeld had promoted it in 2008, but 9 years later, 24% of French people still do not have in their car the famous yellow vest, to use in case of emergency. This is the result of a study Optimum Institute / Enterprise Holdings, conducted for the car rental Enterprise Rent-A-Car. However, in case of incident, the driver must wear this vest before leaving his vehicle, to be sure of being seen by other motorists.


Priority in the event of an incident: getting safe

With the yellow vest, the legislation also imposes the presence in the vehicle of a pre-signaling triangle, to indicate to other road users the presence of a car stopped on the side of the road. But again, the French do not seem better informed. 22% of respondents say they do not have a triangle in the passenger compartment.


“In emergency situations, the priority is to be safe, to have a yellow vest and a pre-signaling triangle,” recalls Christophe Raymond, director of studies at the Association Prevention Router. road, stop as far as possible from the roadway, put the life jacket on and take all occupants to the right, then secure the incident site, placing it 50 meters upstream of the vehicle, or before a turn “.


135 Euros fine in the absence of vest or triangle

On highway, Christophe Raymond advises to pass quickly behind the barrier, to get in safety. As the vehicle is immobilized on the emergency stop band, it is not necessary to install a pre-signaling triangle. In the absence of the reflective vest and / or the triangle, the offending motorists risk 135 Euros of fine. Note that the driver must also have a breathalyzer in the cabin.


Police training the tractor drivers for Road safety

Four policemen in safety vest spend the week at Agricultural High School training young tractor drivers with rural aspects of the Highway Code. Ride and descend carefully from the cabin, check the weight of the load, check blind spots when maneuvering in reverse … Four police officers, specifically CRS, spend the week at the agricultural school to give road safety courses to students who, for the most part, already drive tractors.


“There is no” tractor “license in France, says Brigadier Jacques Provost. From the age of 16, a youngster can drive a tractor up to 40 tones if he is attached to a farm. In general, they are trained more or less quickly by their parents or the training supervisors. They often take bad habits. We, we come to thwart them! ”

The day alternates theory and practice: “We do not teach them how to use the tractor for work on the farm or in the fields, but we talk to them about the rules of the road to keep the road safety, which they are subjected like all drivers: farmers spend 25 % of their time on the road, the farms are growing, they buy farms in the neighboring villages, etc. Much emphasis is placed on reversing: visual inspection of blind spots and use of mirrors with a towed tool. Every year, there are 15 to 20 accidents in France where farmers crush their children. It’s terrible and the figure does not go down. There is a race for performance with speed and overload. Tractors, in principle limited to 40 tones, sometimes damage the weighbridges intended for 50 tones. They are 60 or 65 tones in fact. There is no technical control for the rolling stock.


“For the overload nobody is in order, confirm the apprentices in BEPA who were trained yesterday. As long as it does not overflow, we charge! Same for the height of the straw, it’s good as long as it goes under the wires. Put on the safety belt, have the gray card, a triangle and a yellow vest in the cabin: the young people smile. “This is the demonstration; you have to look behind, and so on. But if you take that long time to carry the straw boots, the boss will not be very happy. ”



Police and insurance distribute yellow vests

Monday, October 23, 2017, in Lemieux, insurers and police distributed safety kits, including a yellow safety vest, to prevent pedestrians and cyclists, more vulnerable to winter time.


On Monday, October 23, 2017, police and insurance agents settled in Place, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, to distribute safety kits to pedestrians and cyclists in Lemieux. “Our goal is to make prevention with the most exposed users,” says Karina, mutual insurer of Poitiers. Inside the kit: a yellow vest, a reflective bracelet, and a prevention plate. All bag with a reflective band.


This distribution takes place this week because “every year, in the weeks following the transition to winter time, accidents increase by 40% for pedestrians”. In fact, the night arrives earlier and makes pedestrians and cyclists less visible. The National Federation of General Insurance Agents Associations and France Bleu distribute 10,000 kits and reflective vest in “the prefectures and sub-prefectures of France”.


Warning vests should protect motorcyclists

“Seen – not to be overlooked” under this motto, the Association for Crime and Traffic Prevention would like to motivate motorcyclists to wear neon yellow safety warning vests.


Reutlingen. Although the accidents in the county of Reutlingen declined significantly, the motorcyclists were still over proportionally affected, police director Franz Lutz declared on Wednesday at the press conference to the start of the motorcycle season. 39 bikers and riders were heavy in 2009, twice as many easily injured. Two accidents were fatal for the cyclists concerned.


“We do not want to accept that,” emphasized Land Thomas Riemann, the chairman of the association. And because almost half of all accidents are involved in the motorcyclists, are caused by the other traffic user, because they overlook the cyclists, too late or misjudge their speed, the association now wants to intensify the “better recognize ability” of the bikers , This is to be achieved by means of the reflective safety vests. Unfortunately, the acceptance of the neon yellow jackets among the traditionally rather black dressed bikers so far quite bad, admitted Riemann. “Safety has to be sexy,” Riemann warned for a change in fashion awareness.


For Horst Porringer of the criminal and traffic preemption, the jacket has already proved its best. The passionate two-wheeled driver has worn the vest since 2009 and since then “has not had a single critical situation”. Even his colleague Matthias Spitzer, who used to be in the “fashionable black” – he was almost overlooked – swear by the vest worn over the normal motorcycle clothing.


Of course, does not want to be left alone with the West action. Because of the accidents caused by the bikers themselves, more than 90 percent are due to excessive speed, the speed controls should be tightened. To improve the safety of bikers, lectures are offered for motorcycling clubs. And in schools, the traffic safety mobile is again on the road, which is intended to make it easier for young people to enter motorized traffic. The roundabout guard also offers several one-day safety training courses for motorcyclists.


Participants are not only trained to better identify and avoid danger situations, they also learn how to cope with dangers in practical training. “95 per cent of all motorcyclists cannot have full braking,” says Dieter Sheffield, the head of the roundabout watch. Curving also risks many bikers are not aware of: “A motorcycle in an inclined position almost covers the width of a passenger car.”


TCS gives away 80,000 safety guards for school trips

Whether the children attend a new school year or go to school for the first time – the “school trail” campaign of the TCS takes care of the traffic safety of all schoolchildren. In addition, this year again, the successful campaign will be carried out, at which 80,000 Giblets will be handed over free of charge to first-graders. In the coming school year, the largest mobility club in Switzerland, together with the counseling center for accident prevention and the police, is again committed to the safety of children on the way to school.


80,000 TCS-Giblets to start school

Those who change from nursery to primary school in the autumn (3rd primary school after Harms Concordat) can look forward to one of 80,000 of the well-known TCS safety vests, distributed free of charge by the TCS in all of Switzerland. Since 2013, this action has been part of a comprehensive traffic safety campaign for the safety of children on the way to school. The west are printed with the silhouette of the Play Mobil student logos and the logo of the “school trail” campaign, have a hood as well as reflective light bands and are high-quality processed. These Giblets expand the TCS Troikas range, which has been successfully distributed to cribs and kindergartens for many years.


With this action, the TCS reoriented the focus of the traffic safety campaign on the endangered target group of the first years. For these, the first day of schooling after the kindergarten is often associated with habituation to a new school path, which also entails new risks. The safety vest is well received by the little ones and, thanks to its striking color and the reflective ribbons, fulfills the important function that the children are already visible from far away.


The motorized traffic people are again made aware of the children in the street traffic by means of the well-known Play Mobil pupils and reminded them of the central message: “Stop before you stop, do not just stop!” The car drivers must also be aware of the risks of schoolchildren in road traffic at the beginning of the school year, and ensure that they stop completely as soon as children want to cross the road. The speed only slow down is not enough because small children can not estimate the speed and the distance of an approaching car correctly.


The campaign with the emblematic play Mobil student club will be launched again this year in the whole country, on television, on the radio and on posters.



ADAC safety vests: schoolchildren got vest

ADAC distributed with the Lord Mayor Safety reflective vest to schoolchildren. Start of the action at the community school Carl Schurz. Still in Germany, too many children are still in traffic. Particularly in the autumn and winter the accident risk increases, because the small traffic participants are often seen too late because of the morning darkness. This is why all school beginners in Germany receive a shining safety jacket.


Since mid-September 770,000 security vestments have been distributed to more than 16 700 schools across Germany. This is also the case on Monday at the Bonner Carl Schurz. Bonn’s mayor Jorgen, the board member of ADAC, Gird Blame, and the head of the branch letter Deutsche Post DHL, Heike Mars, handed over 80 safety vests to the first years.


Conductor Patricia Schulte’s opened the action: “We would like to thank the sponsors, a great action.” Nymphs added: “Every child is to be seen well, especially to the youngest that have been trained.” In 2012 6418 children under 15 years of age, 178 of them in Bonn died in road traffic. Ten children died; in Bonn fortunately none. “This is 15 per cent fewer accidents with children nationwide, but children died in the end, which is an incentive to continue our work,” says Blame.


Altogether, around 3200 high visibility vest are distributed to 58 schools in Bonn, and 175,000 are nationwide at over 3550 schools. “We’ve packed about 18,000 parcels for schools all over Germany, and we’re making a clear mark with strong, credible partners,” says Mars. At the end of the event, each child was given a group photo of colored pencils and balloons. The campaign has already been carried out in the fourth year by the “Yellow Angel” foundation of the ADAC, the BILD charity organization.

Knock-out vests for all ABC shooters

School beginners were the first in the Upper Palatinate to get the new ADAC safety vest. On Tuesday was the start of the security vest action. The boys and girls were quite excited, as Jacqueline with her yellow post wheel in the school hall of the school. In her luggage, she had 33 yellow securities for the first years. According to Jorgen Hildebrandt, the department head responsible for traffic at ADAC, Swiss Post is bringing the safety vestments to schools all over Germany.


The responsibility for this logistical task lies in the hands of Marianne, the head of Deutsche Post’s branch office in Bayreuth, which was therefore also a prelude.

Headmaster Siegfried See liger, emphasized that the security campaign was a special action for the children. He showed the children a leaf, which was held in gray tones. On another, the tigers and the bear of Janos were seen in bright colors. The children learned that bright colors such as those of the safety reflective vest were visible. Michael Herbs, Member of the Board of the ADAC, thanked the action partners who “bring this joint car with them” to avoid accidents. “Accidents with children are terrible”. The West was specially tailored to the needs of the pupils. They shone through their high proportion of reflex material. The ADAC traffic detectives Felix and Frieda on the back of the vest accompanied the children on the daily school route.


Mayor Brigitte Natta said that children were getting west because adults were concerned about their health. This jacket should be worn not only on the way to school but also when playing, Natta excited. “Your heart is very dear to us. We want you to come safely to school and home, “said police president Michael Liege. He warned that the fastest way to school was not the best. The children had greeted Liege with an extra reverb, which confirmed that they had no trouble with the police.


Dr. Wolfgang Laths, the district chairman, took the parents into the duty: the children should calmly remind their parents. “Keep an eye on your parents to think about you.” Laths gave a lesson on traffic safety to his parents. Especially when the time pressure, parents with their children often would not stop at red at the traffic lights. The larger adults could easily see the drivers. The children who follow them are small – and therefore in great danger. Laths: “Accidents should not be, therefore: Take me the vest.” The comment function is exclusively available to our subscribers. As a subscriber, please log in or register. All other users can find cheap offers in our subscription shop.


Homeland researcher with safety vest in the subsoil

Although the gas warning device continually beeped, CO2 values ​​of up to 0.7 volume percent were indicated and the employees of the urban drainage were visibly nervous – Roland Bugle, honorary representative of the Land Memorial Office, was not to be stopped on Wednesday morning: “I get down there and done. “With an orange safety vest, a rope around his belly, and a yellow helmet on his head, he descended over a ladder into the old shaft whose access had previously been opened by the employees of the city drain before the health food store. On his own responsibility, so the agreement – and Bugle was, when he came back to the top, glad that he was down, “but not satisfied”.


In the five minutes he could spend in the ground, he could just descend down the steps of a spiral staircase and dare to look around the corner. There he discovered a low channel, which runs in a southerly direction but does not carry any water. Light, which could point to the opening for the better ventilation open before the Brunel – and thus a channel connection – Bugle did not see. For this, he wear the safety clothing and discovered a framed inscription below, which he did not know how to interpret quickly: apart from the year 1876, the letter sequence IFVFL is carved into the sandstone, and HC and the numbers 18011 below measured, are 15 centimeters high and 45 centimeters wide.


The fact that Bugle in reflective vest has gotten a chance to descend into the subsoil is thanks to the construction site on the other side: for the construction of a four-storey flat roof building, which is to accommodate 22 properties and a two-storey garage GmbH had the existing building demolished. And when in June a construction site vehicle broke the manhole cover in front of the property while driving over, a six-meter-deep, built-in shaft appeared unexpectedly, a testimony of history.