Motorists: vest and triangle mandatory from 1 October
will be applied from 1 October 2008 against motorists whose vehicle is
not equipped with a high visibility safety vest and warning triangle.
From that date, motorists who do not comply with these new
obligations will be liable to a class-4 fine (€135 fixed penalty,
reduced to €90 if paid within 15 days of issue).
The high visibility safety vest must be worn by a driver before he
exits a vehicle immobilised on or by the roadside in response to an
It must include the "CE" mark and a reference to one of two standards: "EN 471" or "EN 1150".
Upon leaving the vehicle, the driver must place a warning
triangle on the roadside at a distance of at least 30 meters from his
vehicle or from the obstacle.
The marking "E 27 R" certifies the conformity of the triangle with existing standards.
The wearing a high visibility safety vest also becomes mandatory
from 1 October 2008 for every cycle rider and passenger, when out of
town at night (or during the day, when visibility is insufficient).
Any cycle rider or passenger not wearing a high visibility safety vest
after that date will be liable to a class-2 fine (€35 fixed penalty,
reduced to €22 if paid within 15 days of issue).
Vests and triangles are available in the automotive accessories shelves
of supermarkets, from automotive suppliers, in service stations, etc...
En Deuil - 8 Nov. 16
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