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Australia: Mandatory High-Visibility Clothing Coming?

25
September
2012
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Travel Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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It looks like we in France (and others) aren't the only ones who will be forced to wear hi-viz gear when riding our motorcycles. In Australia, one misguided cop has gotten in his mind that he can save many of the 200 or so motorcycle related deaths per year amongst the 1.3 million riders.

He is trying to push through legislation that will force motorcycle riders to wear hi-visibility clothing, day and night. He reckons that this way, bikers will be more visible to car drivers, and therefore avoid accidents (we'll become target fixation, that's probably more like it)

On the rider side, they are totally opposed to the idea. Their counterclaim is that this way, if you do get hit by a car, and don't have hi-viz clothing, insurance companies would not pay. And since accident statistics around the world are quite clear that in most cases, it's not the motorcycle rider who was at fault in an accident, but the car driver, so why should we be penalized by having to wear yellow or orange fluorescent clothing?

Yellow car with elephant driver

Maybe all cars should be colored orange or yellow, so that this way, we stand out...think about it.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 - France: About The Hi-Viz Law For Motorcycles

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Several publications have been writing about the new law in France making it mandatory to wear reflective material on your motorcycle clothing. Many got it wrong!

Here's the details of the new law, what you can wear, how much, when, and where.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 - Ireland To Go Yellow

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Ireland is going for the same thing the French have been fighting against; the mandatory wearing of yellow high-visibilty (hi-vis) vests.

The Irish government wants all motorcycle riders to wear hi-vis vests starting 2014. So until then, we can expect a large number of protest rides.

The fight is on!


Via: News Com AU



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