While The USA Still Debates Helmet Laws, France Has Gone Even Stricter

Riding motorcycle with a helmet is an ongoing debate in the USA; many are for the freedom of being able to choose, while others want it made mandatory.
But in many countries around the globe, it’s not a choice; you must wear a helmet when riding. France has now gone a step further: YOU NOW MUST WEAR GLOVES!
That’s right, France has made it mandatory to not only wear a helmet but also gloves. And of course the gloves must be approved, so you can’t ride with your mother’s garden gloves.

If you get caught riding without gloves you get fined €68 (about US$76) and one license point. The interesting point here is that the law also APPLIES TO THE PASSENGER! Yup, your pillion must also have gloves!
The law will be applied starting the 20th of November 2016, so until then you can ride without gloves. The reason given is an obvious one; safety. To prove their point, they have re-released this rather amusing video (the video was initially released in 2004):

So what do you think? Safety-Nazis or is this justified? Do you always wear gloves?

8 Comments to While The USA Still Debates Helmet Laws, France Has Gone Even Stricter

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Mon Dieu. Next thing you know frere grand will be legislating how often we must change our underwear. Perhaps the donald can get a job as enforcement inspector.





10/13/2016 at 9:35 am



The helmet law will always be a matter of freedom of choice in America, even though I'm sure it has saved lives in some states. Lets face it theirs a certain amount of danger every-time we ride, that doesn't stop me from riding. Should it be my choice weather to ride with a helmet or not... Absolutely its my life. Mandatory wearing of gloves that is going too far even for France. Being able to flip your switches on your bike is going to be harder to accomplish when you are wearing full fingered gloves. You loose that sensitivity, I wear half gloves most of the time this improves my reaction time over full fingered gloves. Again this should be a matter of choice & what works for me may not work for others. So my question is where does it end, we need to fight against laws such as this.. that Politicians and other Groups are trying pass when its in our Country, once it becomes the law theirs no going back, its becomes an uphill battle. Ride Safe, Tom





10/13/2016 at 11:12 am



Always. I feel naked, not equipped if I don't have gloves on. Even if they are the fingerless variety, they improve the grip and shield at least from some weather effects. It should be choice of the rider, just like helmets, a choice not a mandate.





10/13/2016 at 4:49 am



ATGATT------In the US that includes my Glock 36.





10/13/2016 at 6:47 am



You don't have to go to France for such crap. Most, if not all U.S. Military Bases (U.S. and Overseas) require long sleeves, full finger gloves (even in summer months) and boots that cover/rise above the ankle. At one point, we also had to wear "Approved Reflective Vests". Enforcement at different Stateside bases varies, but is the Law of the Land for Active Duty, Retired, Government Civilian Employees or anyone wanting to go "On Base".





10/14/2016 at 9:09 am



For me its like seatbelts and cars. There are those who dislike them and those who always wear them. Putting on all that gear all the time can be an annoyance when you just just to go. But I have never not been greatful to have all my gear on after a crash or close call. Sure there are those who want to remain "cool looking " on their bad @$$ rides. Usually the inexperienced people in life want to make decisions that affect us all. Just wear the gear. If you're so opposed to it, invent something that supports your beliefs.





10/18/2016 at 3:21 am



I always wear a helmet, and wear gloves 99% of the time. I don't have a problem with it.





10/18/2016 at 5:53 am



Good law!





10/19/2016 at 10:09 am