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Belgium: Changes For Motorcycle Riders - Good Ones

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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It's so incredibly nice for once to report on something positive happening in a country. Not about repression, bad laws, petty people, but about people who use their gray matter to do the right thing. If only I could report on these positive things more often...

In Belgium, a country rifled with political problems, with no government to rule the country, things are still happening though, or maybe because there is no government things are actually working.

In a Royal decree (as a side note, the King of Belgium is a passionate motorcycle rider) last week, several laws were passed for motorcycle riders, all applicable as of September the 1st, 2011.
  • Lane splitting/filtering:

    Lane splitting/filtering will be allowed as long as the motorcycle does not exceed 50 kph, and that the speed difference between the cars and the motorcycle is not higher than 20 kph. Lane splitting/filtering is only allowed in between the two left most lanes.

  • Sidewalk Parking

    Motorcycles within the city are allowed to park their motorcycles or scooter on the sidewalk, as long as they do not hinder pedestrians, and leave at least 1.5 meters free for the pedestrians.

  • Children

    Children, 8 years or older, are allowed to ride along as a "normal" pillion, children aged between 3 and 8 are only allowed as pillion on 125cc motorcycles, AND only sitting in special kids' seats. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed on a motorcycle.


    Apart from wearing a helmet, bikers will need to be ATGATTAll The Gear, All The Time - meaning you always wear all your safety gear. by law. Gloves, long sleeve jacket, trousers and ankle protecting shoes/boots.

  • Bus Lane

    Motorcycles are allowed to use the bus lane

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These have got to be the most progressive motorcycle laws anywhere. All the points most of the countries are fighting for have been adopted in Belgium.

Time to move to Belgium? I'll never make a joke about Belgium, the joke is on us.

Via: De Motor Site

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