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16/3/2018 - Wearing a certified retro-reflective vest is also mandatory

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Like motorists, cyclists are required to follow the rules of the road. Road traffic rules: the rights and duties of the cyclist - Gradually, new measures encourage the French to choose the bicycle as an alternative to public transport and the automobile. However, before taking the handlebars, the knowledge of some basic safety rules is required.


To travel, a bicycle must be equipped with a bell, front and rear brakes, front and rear lights, reflectors (red on the back, white on the front, orange on the sides and on the pedals). Wearing a certified retro-reflective vest is also mandatory for all cyclists traveling outside the city, at night or in the event of insufficient visibility. Passenger transport is prohibited unless the bicycle is equipped with a specially designed seat and is equipped with footrests and tether strap when the passenger is under 5 years of age. The use of the mobile phone and any audio device such as earphones, headsets or headsets, is prohibited and liable to a fixed fine of € 135. Finally, with regard to the crossing of traffic lights, the cyclist is authorized not to mark a stop when he respects the priority given to other road users and that a specific sign is provided for this purpose at the crossroads.


Regulations for cyclists

Decree No. 2015-808 of 2 July 2015, on the action plan for active mobility and parking, introduced new provisions for bicycles and pedestrians in the Highway Code. For the government, the theoretical objective is to "secure and promote the pedestrian and cyclist journey.” In practice, the text aggravates the penalties for parking or stopping vehicles on pedestrian and bicycle paths and less than 5 meters upstream. The decree also allows cyclists to move away from parked vehicles on the right side of the road, on lanes where the speed is limited to 50 km / h. At the same time, it allows motorists to ride a continuous line to overtake a cyclist if visibility is sufficient.


Another novelty is that cyclists can now ride on paved shoulders, a measure that until now only applied outside built-up areas. As of January 1, 2016, two new provisions of the decree are implemented. The first relates to the dual cycle direction, which will thus be extended to pedestrian areas and to all the tracks where the maximum authorized speed is less than or equal to 30 km / h, unless otherwise decided by the authority empowered by the police. The second is to prohibit mopeds from positioning themselves in the bunkers for red lights (that is to say in front of cars), unless otherwise decided by the authority empowered by the police in safety vest.


When a cyclist commits a violation of the Highway Code (crossing a continuous line, passing dangerous ...), he risks a fine whose amount varies according to the offense. However, and it is important to remember, any offense committed with a bicycle cannot be penalized with a withdrawal of points on the driver's license. If this is the case, it is recommended to appeal to the Ministry of the Interior for restitution of points.

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15/3/2018 - The presence of the gendarmes with safety clothing in force

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At the time of the return of the beautiful days, and therefore the outings on motorbikes, the gendarmes of the departmental squadron led, yesterday in Moseley-South, an important operation of control. The site was not chosen at random. Yesterday afternoon, the gendarmes of the departmental road safety squadron of Metz chose a very particular sector of Moseley-South to carry out a great operation of road safety: the roads of Dao and Demon.


The coming spring and the milder temperatures led the gendarmes to act quickly to meet them, with both hands: one, for all, for prevention; and the other, if necessary, for repression. In addition, the stakes are important. "After the winter season, the first exits are riskier because the bikers are slow to regain all their reflexes driving two-wheeled, says the captain Jean-Jack, second in command of the EDSR Metz. There is a 27 times greater risk of being killed by motorized two-wheelers than by car. Still, many bikers take a lot of risks, feeling in control. "


On a motorcycle, the slightest carelessness can be fatal. The recent news is there to confirm it. "Last year in Moseley, during the first quarter, there were three accidents of two-wheelers and three wounded," says Captain. This year, at the same time, we recorded eight accidents, with one killed and ten wounded. These accidents involved five motorcycles and five cycles. “In addition, faced with these disturbing figures, the gendarmes decided to hit hard. They distributed to them a guide of good behavior. "There are tips to be well equipped, to behave appropriately, to be vigilant, and to respect the rules of conduct and so on. Since January 1, it is for example mandatory that all two-wheels have a reflective vest, to put in case of accident or breakdown.


All those who were in good standing left without being worried. The others, including cars, were caught by the patrol. Especially since, for the exercise, the EDSR also mobilized two of its most effective and formidable weapons for the violators: the unmarked motorcycles and the unmarked car, able in particular to grasp with discretion every speeding in the two directions of circulation.


In the end, 150 bikers were checked and all were in good standing. Twenty offenses have been reported against motorists: 18 speeding (recorded thanks to the dreaded unmarked car with embedded radar), a phone behind the wheel and driving under the influence of alcohol. The presence of the gendarmes with safety clothing in force, however, was not enough to reason everyone. A biker lost control of his craft in the climb of Demon.

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15/3/2018 - participants in safety vest can return to London

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The trilogy of Venous ended today on the mythical face of the Giant of Provence, that of Bedouin, the royal road to the summit. This morning, for the test event, program change, departure at dawn, lights at the front and at the back, 25 gas and gas that start from km 0, to the final touch. Unit of time, unity of place, unity of outfit, it is definitively more than the wheels. It is a very beautiful range of textile, we recommend you the Haute Route outfit with the 3 colors red, yellow and pink 3 big rounds, and this morning it's life-size test, a reflective vest not orange, not yellow DDE, simply white with reflective strips cleverly placed, so that we spot a runner at 100 meters.


A very effective vest, very beautiful design and you can feel in your favorite stores, a success, in the meantime, maybe someday, a garment with flashing led, not developed "for now", to follow so .


To close 3 days of great conviviality, between many different nationalities: Switzerland, English, New Zealand and the French colony from Annecy. But also the corner, a real melting pot that is nothing less than that of the Haute Route , whether on 7 days or 3 times a year, or on a new appointment in Colorado next June, and there in the footsteps of the giant, in Provence. Night vision of the Venous so, some will say why not after all, since the 10 kilometers in the forest are never less than 8% and that in these cases, it is better not to know! Reassure yourself in October 2017, we will leave day, like 8 hours, departure every 20 seconds, history that participants in safety vest can return to London, Geneva or Brussels, in time and to complete a great weekend, and anticipate the week ahead.


Anyway, it is a rich idea, if only for the sunrise over the Reynard. Sunburn is that warms as much the rind as the heart and gives the want to go higher up to the top, because it is well known. We do not crack in the Venous and especially not in the desert of stones, that is so much for the fame of the Venous, we see for miles to the round, further reinforcing the incongruity of this molehill that makes humble, and any climber.


The classification of this Haute Route will be established in cumulative time of 3 days, without neutralized part, the medal at the top will be well deserved for all finishers and will be ranked in the radius of good memories, no doubt. We are talking about a cycle in stages, not in stages with a la carte menu. It could despite everything, a quota of places be reserved for this against the clock, nothing is less certain , and the bar of 500 engaged will not be exceeded, Bedouin wishes a controlled tourism, a tourism where one does not find papers after the passage of the runners, message received by the organizers.


The first starters will be able to admire and encourage, for once, the last to leave, the leaders; the descent will be done on Bedouin, thus giving everyone the opportunity to greet for the 5th time the stele Tom Simpson, beautiful tribute. Thank you to all the participants in yellow vest of the organizers for all the service providers, who are much more than that on the Haute Route: Dr Bruno, Masseuse, Manic, and Alexis, all the riders from our Swiss neighbors, English, not to mention the manic boys from Annecy and the United States, we feasted, and we ask for more. It is good, after the Erotica, the Roc d'Azur, race of Haute Route, place the presentation of the Tour, Tuesday, before, perhaps to attack the videos of the main stages of the Tour 2017.

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12/3/2018 - Yellow vest and A2 license required for bikers

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Since January 1st, motorcycles of more than 106 hp can finally circulate freely in France ... provided to count among the rare models to Euro4 norms, while waiting for the official text ruling on the retrofit! As if this maddening indecision was not enough, 2016 also marks the obligation to hold a yellow vest on motorbikes and scooters and to begin motorcycle training with the A2 license, regardless of age.


No, retrofit ... but still more restrictions!

Since the beginning of the year, French bikers can ride on motorcycles whose power exceeds 106 hp - after some three decades unjustly restrained! - Provided that they are equipped with ABS (mandatory in 2016 on all new two-wheelers over 125 cc) and that they meet the Euro4 standard, now imposed on all new models.


High visibility vest mandatory for 2 and 3-wheelers

If the government voluntarily stagnates when it comes to giving motorcyclists the freedom to which they have legitimate access (remember that no power constraint is exerted in automobile, whatever the age of the driver or the car), its repressive methods, they do not take any delay!


Since January 1, 2016, all bikers and scooters must be in possession of a retro-reflective vest and wear it in case of breakdown or accident.

This obligation does not imply (still?) The wearing of the vest while driving, but to hold a "in a storage of their vehicle (net, trunk)", specifies the official text. In case of control, the fine for lack of vest on board the motorcycle or the scooter is 11 Euros. In addition, if you do not wear it in case of emergency stop, the plum reaches 135 Euros!


Two other important details to take into account: From the moment, it is CE approved, this vest "high visibility" may be of a different color than yellow (orange, for example, as those used in public works), even if a large majority of vests sold in the trade adopt the fluorescent yellow. Moreover, a simple armband such as those worn by cyclists is not enough: the decree fixing the terms of this obligation makes explicit mention to a "garment worn on the upper body" type "chasuble, jacket, or safety vest.”

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9/3/2018 - The safety vest for cyclists to keep the road safety

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In 2017, 11 bodily injuries were recorded among two-wheeled riders. The police in safety vest are stepping up controls, especially target younger drivers.


The night is falling faster. A pavement made slippery by the rain. Two additional accident factors in autumn for drivers are including two-wheelers. A 16-year-old pilot lost control of his scooter, injuring his wrist. The police draw a report: inappropriate behavior and faulty equipment on the gear can lead to drama. In addition, for the police, to avoid another accident like the one in Manchester on March 14 when two bikers had died is a priority. "The human factor is always involved in an accident. It is very rare that it is the fault with no luck ... "underlines the commander Fontaine. "As a rule, bikers (Editor's note, adults) are well equipped and trained to risk. They are aware that a fall can have serious consequences. Young people are more carefree.


In 2017, the police immobilized about twenty cyclists

With two-wheelers sometimes in poor condition and often poorly equipped: smooth tires, poor lighting, poorly maintained brakes as many accident factors. For example, wearing gloves has been a requirement since November 20, 2016. "When young people are checked, they tell us they do not know that obligation. Today, prevention is no longer enough "laments the boss of the police in uniform. Driving without gloves is a third class offense, so it will cost € 68. On the reflective vest - mandatory for two-wheeled pilots - the police are more tolerant. This will not be the case with traffic violations. The chopper falls. "Cyclos in bad condition can lead to immobilization.” Same if it is a defect of insurance. In 2017, some 20 vehicles were immobilized. Young drivers can not ignore their obligations. For drivers born after 1988, the theoretical training is in 5th and 3rd. For the BSR (Road Safety Certificate), it takes 7 hours of driving with a professional. Fontaine remembers checks made on groups of young cyclists, having fun to break all the basic rules of safety.


An alternative to prosecution

Within the police station, awareness of the dangers of the road is a real issue. There is also a referent in this area. "Concerning road crimes, there is an alternative to prosecution. We offer them awareness courses. It is not uncommon for school heads to ask for interventions. The question is that often comes from young cyclists. "The salivary test for narcotics ..." And since 2003, in case of suspicion, the test is allowed. "A young driver is also a driver in the making. We must not forget it. There is No question for Commander Fontaine to lower his guard in the field of road safety.

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8/3/2018 - Wearing the yellow vest will be mandatory

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Announced for several months but widely criticized, the decree mandating the wearing of retro-reflective devices was voted. As of January 2013, motorcyclists riding motorcycles or scooters over 125 cm3 will have to wear a yellow vest or armband. The FFMC called yesterday for the mobilization...


At the end of the Council of Ministers held yesterday at the Elyse Palace, Interior Minister Claude validated one of the measures announced in the context of the 11 May 2011 IRB and particularly controversial. The voted decree provides that drivers and passengers of motorized two-wheelers of more than 125cm3 will have to equip retro-reflective devices as of 2013...


Failure to comply with this legal obligation will be accompanied by a fixed fine of third class (68 Euros) and a withdrawal of 2 points on the driving license. The FFMC reacted by letting it know that it did not intend to let this "measure" go by, which is "tinkered again in haste.” She called yesterday for the mobilization of all her supporters.


The FFMC campaign against the law on the wearing of the yellow safety vest in two-wheelers

The essence of the problem is far from new: from the very first announcement, the FFMC expressed its discontent by publishing press releases, launching public poster campaigns (see illustration above) and organizing demonstrations. In response to this call for discussion, the government has simply changed its text ... by turning the vest into an armband.


This is the misunderstanding among bikers, who do not need such a measurement for many reasons:

The visibility of motorcyclists on the road is already excellent thanks to the 4 retro-reflective stickers on the helmet (legal obligation), supplemented by the headlights for the nocturnal journeys;

Visibility is not a question of lighting or colors of clothing, but more related to the lack of attention of motorists who have not learned to cohabit with two-wheelers, yet more and more numerous;

Why does the measure apply only to two-wheelers of large displacement, and not to mopeds and 125cc? However, they are the least well trained and equipped...


In short, for the FFMC, the government is "next to the plate.” With the presidential elections taking place in the spring, the association will have to act quickly if it wants to have a chance to see the government backtrack. That promises great events!

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6/3/2018 - Rider wearing a yellow reflective vest is safety

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One animal was killed on the spot and another had to be euthanized a little later, while two riders had to be hospitalized. The driver was intoxicated and not equipped any safety equipments, according to the first elements of the investigation.


The car "tumbled at full speed," according to a witness. A rare road accident caused the death of two horses near Toulouse and injured two riders, reports this Friday "La Dépêche du Midi.”


The scene occurred Thursday, June 22. A procession of six riders, accompanied by a van, takes the side of a section of the departmental road near Mont, shortly before 23h. "They were driving to the left of the road to face any cars, as would pedestrians," said the mayor of the village.


According to a witness, the group was "lit by the white truck of the owner, lights and warnings on to signal them well,” each rider wearing a yellow reflective vest and a bomb on the head. The road is also straight and illuminated at this place, the newspaper says.


"One of the horses literally flew in the air"

A car would have emerged and overturned the first two horses in the group. "One of the horses literally flew in the air, as well as his rider, to mow another before going to stop on the side," says a woman who attended the scene.


One animal was killed on the spot and the other one had to be euthanized two hours later by a veterinarian who was there. Two riders were also hospitalized: a woman who left the hospital one week later for kidney pain and four broken ribs and a man for major wounds, which required the installation of six stitches.


According to the "Dispatch,” it appears that the driver of the car, a 34-year-old man, without wearing safety vest, was driving while intoxicated. An investigation is opened to know the exact circumstances of the accident.

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5/3/2018 - A motorist in reflective vest rescued the A25

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François witnessed an accident on the A25, Lille direction at the end of May. He was the first to help the motorist with yellow vest. He tells us. François is 43-year-old. For his "work and personal reasons,” he often borrows the A25. However, this is the first time he helps a motorist on this busy axis. For us, it plunges into the night of May 27 to 28, 2017.


He was coming home "quietly"

"I go home quietly after an evening with friends, and I am surprised by a vehicle stopped between the emergency stop strip and the right lane at Nipper in the direction Lille to Dunkirk at 24,100 kilometers. I continue my journey and 50 meters further, I told myself that I had to intervene. I see a car in a dirty state, with the engine running and a person asleep at the wheel," says François.


Being alone, he calls "immediately" relief and the motorist out of the car. "He lost control of his vehicle, says the Baillie. The driver's rear wheel is found further, in the left lane, in front of my car. I then put on my reflective vest and with the help of the light of my phone, I make signs to other vehicles to go to the left to avoid other more serious accidents. Then, the helpers arrived, and took the injured person in charge. "I waited for the police.”


A "simple witness"

"I am a simple witness, but I may have saved a life, lives ..." François said he had thought before stopping, after continuing his journey, "on 50 meters".


A considered risk

However, why did you take such a risk? For the Baillie, it was necessary. "When I saw this car, which I narrowly avoided, it was necessary to rescue and secure the scene while waiting for help. However, he admits to being scared, "of course," of being hit by another car. However, according to him, "we had to intervene.” "I saw other vehicles coming at a brisk pace and I avoided other accidents. I put on my neon safety vest. "Francois wants to thank that night ... his mobile phone," for the light that allowed me to signal to other vehicles to go in the left lane.” François does not regret his choice to intervene to help this driver in great distress. "I would do it again without hesitation.”

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2/3/2018 - The man did not wear a yellow vest

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A car hit a 46-year-old cyclist on Thursday night as he drove on the D 606 at Cannes, towards Villeneuve. He had to be transported to Paris in critical condition. "He was not wearing a helmet and just had a small reflective vest. His bike was not lit, regrets a police officer. This accident could have been avoided."


The driver of the car, a 54-year-old resident whose consumption of alcohol or narcotics was negative, saw him at the last moment. He violently hit her from behind. He then went around three times with his car, at the Brio Depot store, to find the victim and help him while awaiting the arrival of the helpers. Both were returning from a day's work.


Friday evening, around 19 hours, a car hit a cyclist on the D20, connecting Vise to Romaine, resulting in the death of the latter. The gendarmes identified the victim. According to the first elements, revealed by the gendarmerie, the man did not wear a yellow vest, or any other reflective object. The driver of the vehicle was tested negative for alcohol and drug tests. The gendarmes continue the investigation.


The victim suffers from major head injuries and multiple fractures. "With the night falling earlier and earlier, it is imperative to equip your bike with light. Moreover, the wearing of the helmet is mandatory for children under 12 years and highly recommended for all practitioners," said the police in safety vest.

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1/3/2018 - Reflective elements save lives for pedestrians

On Thursday, it will be exactly a year and five months for pedestrians in the Czech Republic to wear reflective vest on the road in poor visibility. Since then, the situation has been greatly improved on people on the road, although there are no statistics to show that reflections can be made.


"One year after the introduction of our duty to wear reflective elements, we saw a year-on-year decline in the number of pedestrians killed for reduced visibility outside the municipality by 20. It is thus confirmed that, like in the past, this measure and the campaign that accompanied it were successful,” stated Bless representative of the Ministry of Transport Tomas Jerold.


Although the police argue that it does not monitor the role of reflective elements in its statistics and cannot estimate whether the decline in tragic deaths is indeed a consequence of introducing a new obligation, it is unquestionable to have improved the balance since last year. "In the first five months of this year, 62 road vehicle drivers were killed (about 6 less than in a comparable period in 2016) in road accidents. In this period, 32 pedestrians were still killed, but there were again a significant decrease in the number of killed pedestrians by 19 people, "police say in the latest May accident statistics.


In May, the police recorded 1310 crashes with pedestrians this year, which is 62 less than last year. Presidential spokesperson Petra said on Monday it was not clear whether the decline caused reflective elements, but he admitted that the novelty and the campaign that accompanied it had contributed to lower pedestrian mortality.


Critical autumn

Since 20 February last year, pedestrians must wear reflexive elements such as patches, tapes, or vests when traveling on roads outside the city. Even in October, traffic police director Tomas, along with BESIP chief Martin, warned that people did not respect their new duty, which was reflected in the foggy autumn months. Only in October 13, pedestrians died on the roads, three more than a year before, their role being said to have been their "invisibility.” With the advent of autumn, the police have also forbidden people to forgive non-compliance with the obligation to wear reflective elements.


The driver usually sees an unlit pedestrian in dark clothing only 18 meters away. If it drives at about 70 km / h, it has only a second to respond. Yellow clothing is visible at 37 meters, white at 55 meters. On the contrary, a pedestrian with a reflective element sees the driver at 200 meters, so he has plenty of time to adjust the ride and avoid him. "The ideal element that meets all these requirements for visibility are the different reflective strips that ideally fit into the ankle or wrist, as far as possible, the better, because the vehicle does not light in the direct direction, but the dipped lights are slightly down, "he recommended earlier.

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27/2/2018 - Bus drivers will wear colored safety vests on Thursday

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Line bus drivers across the Czech Republic will fight for Thursday to raise their salaries. However, passengers will not come to their connections. The clear clue of dissatisfaction will be that, despite their usual uniforms, they wear reflective vests.


The event will involve hundreds of bus drivers from across the Czech Republic. "I have been driving for almost forty years and have a salary only 77 crowns per hour," said Mimosa, head of CSAD trade union. Of the roughly four hundred drivers of this company, about half of them are involved in the trade unions.

"I guarantee for all who will be at work. I believe the others will join. About two hundred of our drivers could ride in their yellow vests, "said Pear.


Even dozens of drivers of the Krum Company Bus will not stay, and the protest is likely to be attended by some of the ČSAD drivers. Drivers' rewards vary between 70 and 85 crowns per hour for most businesses. They demand 90 to 100 crowns themselves. However, as ČSAD director Stein pointed out, each of the drivers is also entitled to bonuses for work at night, on weekends and holidays or overtime. "Most drivers therefore earn about 20 to 21 thousand crowns a month," Houlka calculated.


If they fail, they do not exclude strike - this year

The low salaries can, according to trade unions, not only employers, but also individual regions that order public transport and push for the lowest price of connections. "In the long run, it's just the chauffeurs who leave elsewhere, so buses do not have to ride," said ČDAD union head Unhorse Robert. Demonstrators therefore ask that the minimum wage of drivers be enforced directly in the award of regional or municipal contracts. However, Yaroslavl, a member of the Council of the Olin Region, who is in charge of transport, argues that carriers in the region are long-term in the minus. "Each year their loss is around 320 million," Kieran said.


Apart from the region, cities and municipalities contribute to its coverage. This year their contribution is already 100 crowns per capita. If the drivers fail with their protest, they are determined to pull out even stronger caliber in the form of a strike soon. "We're ready to stop the buses completely," said Ruska in safety vest. This could happen this autumn.

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26/2/2018 - In the dark the reflective tapes are merging

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The ideal cycling season does not last for a whole year. In autumn, the days are shorter, cools and rains. Snow falls in the winter. However, the Nordic proverb says: There is no bad weather, only bad clothing ("and equipment" is provided by year-round cyclists from cities like Copenhagen, where 17% of journeys take place in winter).


The absolute basis is to have a wheel equipped with appropriate reflectors (white on the front, red at the back, orange on the string and yellow on the pedals). You can replace the reflectors in the strings with the reflective stripe on the casing, reflectors at the front and at the back with reflective stickers.


In town, you do not usually need a headlight because the streets are illuminated. However, the blinkers are necessary. The front flasher is more important than the rear, for the driver's rear is usually shining "in the mirror" and therefore reveals you even when you are light passive in the back. In front of you, cars come "from the side" and the best reflectors will not help you. Almost the same job as the rear blinker makes the reflex tape on the left calf.


In urban traffic, I can shine or flicker in the dark. Cars were previously required to shine "in low visibility," which is exactly the condition that you should also shine on. In utter darkness, you are visibly visible with reflectors, but in the dark the reflective tapes are merging and you have to shine actively. Lighting sets with a sensor can be started automatically.


If you do not use the blinkers for a long time, check the condition of the batteries. Even the almost empty battery makes the first few minutes a fresh look, so try to let them light for a few minutes. If they are extinguished, it is time to replace them if possible with batteries. Who drives his light with a dynamo, he should check the state of the electrical distribution. Dynamic-powered lights or inductive induction are the most suitable for the city. For example, you will not be bothered by the question of "wasting the torches" at dusk, when it is paradoxically needed to shine rather than in the dark.


The era of the headlamps is already behind us (unless you have an insertion on the night MTB route). Using the headlamp in the city (particularly powerful and in pedestrian zones) is a pretty ruthlessness. If you are looking for a strong light, put it on the bike firmly.


Reflective vest, flashing reflective ribbons and other massive light equipment over and above normal lighting will ensure you will be seen not only by overtaking drivers but also by pilots of aircraft landing at Ursine Airport. Consider whether it is worthwhile to shift this limit to how much light the drivers consider normal. The vest and the more powerful lights fit on high-speed roads, long-distance stretches. On the other hand, "raising" the driver with a dazzling lamp and a black coat is not a good idea. For a regular ride in the dark, it is worthwhile to have a deposit in addition to the "main" lighting. To the battery at least a spare battery, to the dynamically driven lights an emergency small flicker in the event of a malfunction.

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7/2/2018 - pedestrians to wear a reflective element

In 2015, 669 people died on Czech roads, which is about forty more than last year. The deaths of pedestrians, often knocked down in the darkness, were greatly increased. Tomas Larch, the director of the traffic police, sees the problem in the fact that the deputies have been delayed with the approval of the law requiring pedestrians to wear a reflective belt. Now the bill is in the Senate.


According to MF DNES, according to the calculations, about 120 people died, the official numbers are not yet. Half of them usually hit the car in the dark. The risky the months are when it gets darker. "Pedestrians contributed quite a lot to the increase in deaths. We pointed out the pedestrian invisibility, which was just reflected in December's statistics, "said Tomas Larch, head of the Czech Republic's Transport Police, MF DNES.


The head of the convoys speaks out of his experience because he served on the weekend before Christmas and counted in December only seven killed pedestrians in Christmas, all of whom died in a diminished visibility. "MEPs should have adopted the law before the pressure on people is bigger," Larch thinks. According to the head of the traffic police, a similar obligation already applies in the neighboring Slovakia, and even in contrast to the Czech proposal, it also concerns the streets within the village. If the law were to pay, the number of dead would probably fall below six hundred.


"Experience from abroad shows that the mandatory introduction of reflective material will be reduces the number of pedestrian victims in the night from tens to units. However, we want people to lead the reflection element to save their lives, whether it is mandatory or not, "said Dan, Minister of Transport, for MF DNES. Last year, BESIP organized an awareness campaign to distribute the reflective strips.


MF DNES underwent specific cases of accidents in which pedestrians died, several weeks back. It is very unusual to have an accident from December 22, when the car crashed a fifteen-year-old girl near Lidice. The schoolchild succumbed to the injuries. The Ford Monde, whose driver ran the girl, passed two other cars just before the collision. Their police drivers are looking for a witness.


The tragedy showed that just the moment when a pedestrian walks alongside and two cars are passing by, it is very risky. The driver no longer has the place to avoid the pedestrians at the last minute, and he is dazzled. MEPs passed a law imposing the obligation to wear reflective elements while traveling on roads outside the village, approved on December 9. People who leave without them in the dark or fog, that is to say, in low visibility, as pedestrians on the road between two villages will face a fine between 1,500 and 2,500 crowns.

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30/1/2018 - Required reflective vest in cars could undergo

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Required safety equipment in cars could undergo changes. Replacement bulbs and fuses could replace the list of what drivers have to carry in the car. Some Members are inclined to do so. According to them, cars are as unnecessary as most drivers can not or can not replace them. At the same time, they want to unify mandatory equipment in Europe. However, there are some experts.


Replacement light bulbs and fuses, spare wheel or tire repair kit, warning triangle, reflective vest, car kit and key wheel nuts. The mandatory equipment is that every driver must have in his car. However, according to some deputies, the first three listed items might have disappeared.


MEPs have just been discussing it and have not reached any official conclusion.

"There is no problem with replacing the light bulb with other vehicles, considering that in the case of diminished visibility, if I break the light that is facing the road, I can not continue driving," says politician Martin of BESIP.


Some experts would not be releasing the hiver and the spare wheel. According to them, it is not a problem for the driver to replace the damaged tire himself. According to experts, a fire extinguisher could be included in the mandatory equipment in the Czech Republic. He is required in Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania. Denmark only recommends it.


The Czech Republic and Slovakia are the last countries where spare fuses and incandescent lamps are mandatory. However, according to traffic safety experts, only the most recent cars, which the driver virtually can not manage, are driving on Czech roads. The average age of cars is fifteen years for us.

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29/1/2018 - Drivers have to wear safety vest

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For over a month, drivers have to wear safety vest and change the winter tires, if there is a continuous layer of snow, ice or icing on this road, but even then, this can be assumed. If you violate this obligation, you will be liable to a fine of up to CZK 2,000. Not only winter tires are part of winter car preparation. Volkswagen Financial Services reported.


In addition to winter wheels, it is also good to check the car's equipment, replacement bulbs, spare fuses, wheel nut, hiver, spare wheel, warning triangle, reflective vest and first aid kit. In winter, it is also good to carry a field blade, a glass scraper, a de-icing lock, a strong rope and possibly chains.


Car washing should also be part of the winter preparation, since the car has to deal with spreading salt, gravel and other substances that are used for road maintenance.


In the winter, however, the driver must be prepared first. In 2016, over 53 000 accidents were caused by an incorrect way of driving. Sometimes it is better to leave the car at home. "Every year, experts advise drivers not to drive in a very unfavorable weather, and every year many drivers do not listen to these recommendations, but they have to calculate what costs more - one public transport or car repair, in the best case," says Lukas Cana in yellow vest from Volkswagen Financial Services. According to the survey, 50% of drivers are influenced by their driving habits during the winter season and the associated weather conditions. As a result, 22% of drivers drive the car in winter less often or almost at all.

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26/1/2018 - It is obligatory for pedestrians to refer to reflective elements

Only a few days remain until the amendment to the Road Act comes into force. Among other things, it is obligatory for pedestrians to refer to reflective elements in reduced visibility. What are the best? Where to find and How to wear them?


The amendment to the Road Act will enter into force when it officially comes out in the Collection of Laws. That is about mid-February. In particular, pedestrians, especially those in rural areas, should prepare for the news. The law will give them a new command to wear reflective elements to be visible to the driver.


The first thing to note is the fact that the headlight or flashlight does not replace the reflective elements - paradoxically, even though the pedestrian is much better seen with it. "Different sources of light are also a good option, but it is stipulated by law. This is to be a reflective element that reflects, the law does not speak of a flashlight or a headlamp as a substitute. It is really a reflection element, it is a fact that if we go with a headlamp or a flashlight, we can see it for a longer distance, but it is good to combine it with a reflective element, because otherwise the driver can be confused with a cyclist or a biker," said Petri from ÚAMK.


So how can reflective elements look like? "They are reflective tapes, stickers, or there are patches, and reflective bags for seniors are also considered, so it's just something that reflects more light than regular classic clothes," said Domagk. Law does not specify the minimum reflective area, but it is recommended to have at least a reflective tape that the pedestrian attaches to the hand, or to have patches that are more reflective on it. Look out for the dark colors. "It is recommended white, yellow, red, green but not darker," said Petri of ÚAMK.


What is important is the location of the reflector or reflection strip: "If such a reflective element or stripe is placed on the body, it is good to make it visible to the driver - so put it sideways on the road, not vice versa. the element should be seen both from the front and the back, so we recommend placing the strip on the forearm or around the wrist, then to the ankles or simply to the bottom of the foot. It's always better than less." They can be found in almost every supermarket, in traits, in pet stores, in drugstores, at post offices or at petrol stations. It is also important that the obligation to wear reflective elements does not apply only in the dark, but in diminished visibility in general, which is dark, fog, heavy snow and so on.


It is also a good idea to warn against too cheap reflex vests. "In some cases, it has already been shown that some reflective vests have a reduced reflection to the norm that defines it, a standard EN 471 which determines the width of the reflecting surface and the reflectivity of the material, and these extremely cheap vests, as it turned out, do not meet this standard. We recommend that the customer be sure that the EN 471 standard is marked on the sign," says Petri from ÚAMK.

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25/1/2018 - There is false information about mandatory safety vest

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Misleading information on mandatory car safety equipment abroad has appeared on the Internet. Experts from the Central Automobile Club (UAMK) are warning. They also released up-to-date information on what the mandatory equipment includes in each country.


Everything started innocently, Auto Kelly, in good faith, sent journalists documents for travel abroad in Europe. However, it turned out that there were many factual mistakes, especially what the mandatory equipment was. "Following the publication of these highly misleading information, a large number of drivers are turning to us and we are trying to correct the situation," experts from ÚAMK said.


This is why they have brought validated and up-to-date data. "Do you know, for example, that you have two glasses in Spain, or you have to wear a biker in Belgium, or if you park your car in Estonia on a hill, do you have to make sure it is a wedge? We have focused on all the differences in the required equipment and have done it for you comprehensive overview, "they write on their site.



Mandatory is the pulling rope. Helmets for cyclists are mandatory for everyone. Children under 12 must be transported in a corresponding restraint system.



Children from 12 years of age must be transported in the appropriate restraint system, but only in the rear seats.



Motorcyclists must wear protective clothing (50cc), gloves, long sleeve jackets, long trousers and ankle-shielded boots. A reflective safety vest is only mandatory for a motor vehicle driver; a reflective vest for everyone in a vehicle is only valid for vehicles registered in Belgium. The fire extinguisher is mandatory for vehicles registered in Belgium, for foreign vehicles it is only a recommendation. Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system up to 135 cm. Children between 3 years and 135 cm must not be carried in the front seat or in the restraint system.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Children from 5 years of age must not be carried in the front seat or in the restraint system. Reflective vests are mandatory for anyone who comes out of the vehicle during an emergency, even for bikers. Helmets for cyclists are mandatory for everyone.



All vehicles, except motorcycles, must be equipped with a fire extinguisher. Reflective vests are mandatory for anyone who comes out of the vehicle during an emergency, even for bikers. Children must be transported in an appropriate child restraint system up to 150 cm. Children between 3 years and 150 cm must not be carried in the front seat or in the restraint system.



Children under the age of 12 must not travel to the front seats. An exception is children up to 2 years of age in the "egg" and with the airbag off. Motorcycles or mopeds are not allowed to carry children under 12 years of age. Vehicles with trailer must have 2 triangles. Vehicles of category N must be equipped with an extinguisher. Children under 16 must wear a helmet on a bicycle. Reflective vest is mandatory only for motor vehicle drivers.



A fire extinguisher and a reflective vest are not part of the mandatory equipment, but it is recommended to have them in the vehicle. On motorways, the driver must use the hazard warning lights of his car to warn other motorists against collision or other dangers (such as accidents, road barriers, etc.). Children must be transported in the appropriate child restraint system up to 135 cm.

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24/1/2018 - Reflective vest in car: where is it mandatory

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Motorists should keep an eye on whether they have a reflective vest in the car. In many countries, it is mandatory, often under the threat of thousands of fines.


Most recently - since April 30 - it is mandatory to wear a reflective vest in Slovenia. Local measures are among the countries where the vest is compulsory, the most moderate. The driver must always wear it when he or she leaves a car on a motorway or expressway in an accident or breaks a car.


A similar situation as in Slovenia is in Belgium, Italy, Romania and this year also in Luxembourg and Hungary. Still, there are differences - The Hungarian police have no power to collect fines on the spot in cash, a fine is paid by a payment order and must be paid within 15 days. In Italy, passengers must also use the passenger jacket if they leave the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown.


Stricter conditions apply since 2005 in neighboring Austria. Outside of the village, the driver must wear the safety vest always in a situation where a warning triangle, motorways and express roads are to be built behind the vehicle every time they move out of the car. In addition, it is the duty to carry the vest. Failure to comply with these rules will theoretically amount to a penalty of up to € 5,000, in reality the fine ranges from € 14 to € 36 (about $ 350- $ 900). According to the Austrian Automobile Club ÖAMTC, the lower rate is most often levied.


A similar situation as in Austria is in a typical summer destination for Czech drivers - in Croatia the duty is extended except for motorists and motorcyclists, but for violation, there is no sanction at present. In the Czech Republic, according to Government Regulation 168/2002 Coll. Reflective vest is a part of mandatory service equipment. Vehicle vehicles are also subject to the obligation to wear reflective vests in Germany.


The European Standard EN 471 defines how the visor should look properly. If this standard matches the high visibility vest, it should be marked on the label along with other product data. Although in many countries there is no obligation to have or use reflective vests, transport experts agree that it is always better to keep it in touch with regard to their own security in case of unforeseen events.

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23/1/2018 - Should an orange or yellow vest be in the car?

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Many people spend their holidays on their own cars. However, if you want to get all right, you should check several things before going on. Should an orange or yellow vest be in the car? That was what experts in the breakfast with New.


"Before the trip, you should always check the vehicle itself, if you have the right fluids, it is technically correct. If you have the right equipment, even if we have the Geneva Convention that says the vehicle is to be equipped according to the place of registration, the country in question does not have to be a compulsory piece of equipment," says Pert of the Central Automobile Club.


Recent discussions have raised the question of the color of the reflective vest. However, according to Womack, it does not matter. "It's just a color, it's a lot of talk about Austria that you need an orange vest, but that's not the case, the vests have European certification, so you can have orange, red or yellow-green," the ÚAMK spokesman explained. In some countries you have to have an alcohol testosterone in your car. Mostly they do not even check it, for example in France.


On your way to Croatia, you should pay attention especially to radars. "Radars are waiting for the driver almost every second village in Austria, in Vienna there are radars perhaps 15, it is also measured for every traffic constraint, and the fines are usually 50-100 Euros, from Austria there are photos, for example, for telephoning, non-attachment or for bikers for absence of a safety helmet," Vote said.


If you have small children, you should definitely find out what the rules for fixing child seats are. In Croatia, Slovakia or Germany, you cannot have child seats from 3 to 12 years old on the front seats.

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22/1/2018 - Obvious reflective band for pedestrians on outside built-up areas

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From August 31, every pedestrian moving along the roads outside the built-up area will have to equip themselves with reflective material. The police will be able to punish the pedestrian with a mandate for lack of required reflections.


The amendment to the road traffic law will come into force on the last day of holidays. Goal is to increase pedestrian safety, and at the same time to reduce the number of fatal accidents. Until now, the regulations for the obligatory use of reflections after dark outside built-up areas concerned persons under the age of 15. Everyone will now be regulated, without exception.


The holidays are over and the school year begins any day. What does it mean? In addition to the density of cars on the streets, the number of pedestrians moving outside the built-up area will increase significantly. An unspecified stroller combined with faster and faster dusk - these are often the main reasons for the tragic events on the roads. Many pedestrians also move on the wrong side of the road.


Pedestrians are often forced to move outside built-up areas, in places without lighting, sidewalks or even shoulders. They move along the edge of the road. Even if they follow the right, left side of the road, but do not have reflective elements: vests, braces, bands - their visibility is limited to only 30 meters. For a driver driving 90 km / h, it is too short a distance for reaction and effective avoidance of such a person - explains the younger aspirant Joanna.


After sunset, the visibility of the pedestrian is very limited. Thanks to the vests, the drivers will be able to see people walking from nearly 120 meters. Remember that the permitted speed of cars moving outside the built-up area is 90 km / h. On dry asphalt at such a speed, the distance from the moment of braking to the complete stop of the vehicle will be extended to nearly 80 meters. It is scary to think about the length of the car driving on the wet road.


If the pedestrian does not comply with the regulations - the police will be able to impose on him a fine of 20 to even 500 PLN. Just look at last year's statistics, which clearly present the scale of danger. In 2013, 9.5 thousand were recorded on Polish roads. accidents involving pedestrians, in which 1147 people were killed. For nearly 9,000 the injured parties ended up with injuries. The most tragic month was November, when 159 pedestrians died.


It is worth educating and making aware of how big a danger on the road is an invisible pedestrian. A simple, ordinary reflector is always worth having with you, even if you are moving in built-up areas - he adds. It is worth to buy reflective elements. The price of the set: reflective band and vest should not exceed PLN 10. The costs of treatment are disproportionately higher.

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