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France: More Repression On The Way

26
May
2009
  Posted at 06:50:40 PM
  File under  France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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The French government is not finished with its actions towards motorcycle riders and car drivers, specially those that do not obey the strict laws. Draconian laws are envisaged. Several new proposals are in the pipeline.

With the rabbit-like multiplication of radars all over France {link}, many motorcycle riders (and car drivers) have lost their driving license. They are losing them in record numbers.

Since it's often impossible not to have a vehicle, thanks to the reluctance of local authorities to invest in public transport, you end up riding your motorcycle without a valid permit (In Normandy where I live, a two hour motorcycle ride from Paris, would take twelve hours to go to Paris using the public transport).

To combat this "lawlessness" (one that was created by the government in the first place), the French government is proposing a new law that will enable them to not only confiscate your vehicle, but also to sell it, and keep the money. Before, you had to go via a judge, who rarely confiscated your vehicle. Now, since the financial crisis has drained the state's treasury, the cops can take away your precious motorcycle, and sell it, and keep the money. You still need to pay for the ticket, the towing and garage cost.

The proposed law is also intended to be invoked if you ride your bike 50 kph over the limit. Caught the first time, you'll loose most of your license points and pay a hefty fine. Caught a 2nd time, you loose your bike.

DUIDriving Under Influence. Drinking and driving. can also be a reason for confiscation (along with a prison term), but for sure, if you get caught for a second time DUI, your vehicle is toast. In case of a first offense, a judge can make it mandatory to fit an alcohol testing device on your vehicle that will prevent you from starting it in case you are over the limit. Has anyone of you ever seen such a device on a motorcycle????

We've already mentioned the license point trafficking {link}. Until now, it was possible since there were no real laws against it. But that will change as well. Both buyer and seller of license points will face a €15,000 fine and 6 months in jail. Double that if the selling/buying was done via the internet.

This feels like we're living in China....Maybe it's time for another revolution Guilotine Smiley

Via: Le Figaro



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