High visibility gear for motorcyclists

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There has been much excitement and opinion about the possibility of rules arriving from Europe about high visibility motorcycle clothing. The blogs and forums are busy. There is an e-petition which objects to the imposition of such a law, and today the petition has 7,011 signatures.

You can find the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/26931

“Against EU Member States Introducing Mandatory High Visibility Clothing For Motorcyclists

Responsible department: Department for Transport

We the undersigned urge the British Government to put pressure on the European Commission to discipline any member state that imposes clothing standards on motorcycle riders. We view any such requirement as an expression of prejudice against motorcyclists and a barrier to the free movement of people within the EU.

With regard to the current proposals on mandatory high visibility clothing being considered by some member states, we consider this to be ill advised and naïve.

We challenge the speculation that high visibility clothing will reduce accidents involving motorcyclists.
We question the right of motorists to hold driving licenses if they are incapable of seeing a rider and motorcycle unless clad in high visibility clothing.

We challenge the logic that imposes unreasonable requirements on the victims of accidents in order to accommodate the failings of those who cause them”

Our opinion is that a high proportion of motorcyclists who need our help after accidents were not seen by the other motorist who caused the accident. We have said before that to light yourself up like a Christmas tree would help keep you out of trouble. You would not look good, but we think it would increase your chances of getting home. All opinions are valid, but when you concentrate on motorcycle accident support that helps form an opinion.

More advice is available here.

Be seen, and take care.