That changes in 2016: the yellow vest and mediation

Since yesterday, the riders must have a yellow reflective vest. And consumers can more easily play mediation in case of dispute.


At 1st January, there’s resolutions more or less held that manifest. And then there are the new rules that take effect more or less discreetly. We selected two that affect everyday life.


The first is a security measure already well known to motorists and now comes with several years of delay, also apply to motorcycle riders: holding a high-visibility safety vest.

This yellow vest as it is called commonly must be released and pushed by the rider in case of problems on the road. The failure to detain is liable to a fine of € 11; the failure to wear in an emergency can cost € 135!

Cyclists, who ride at night outside an urban area or day when the visibility is bad, must take this high-visibility safety vest.

The small consumer disputes are numerous and clog the courts. An order dated last summer provided the possibility for consumers to go through mediation to facilitate the amicable settlement of their dispute with a professional located in France or border area. The professionals had until 1st January 2016 to comply with the provisions specified in a decree published this fall.

It should thus provide the consumer contact information for the mediators in consumption to which it belongs, by registering this information in a visible and readable on its website, its general conditions of sale or service, its purchase orders or any other suitable medium. He must also mention the website address or postal address of such mediators.

On receipt of the documents relied upon by consumer demand, the mediator of the notified consumption seeks amicable agreement. Otherwise, it offers them a solution to the dispute. The safety vest is necessary. By sharing its solution within three months, the mediator reminds them, by mail or electronically that: people are free to accept or reject the proposed solution; Participation in mediation does not exclude the possibility of an appeal before a court; the proposed solution may be different from the decision to be made by a judge.