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Gloves are off over protective clothing law

France is to make the wearing of gloves compulsory for riders and pillions from 20 November, according to reports.

The law will apply to “any driver or passenger of a motorcycle, a motor tricycle, a motor quadricycle, or a moped”. There will be a  €68 (£58) fine and a penalty point for failure to comply.

The government’s Journal Officiel website says the intentions is to “limit serious injuries to hands and forearms”.

The news ruffled feathers over at motorcycle rider group Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC). “It’s not that we are against the gloves, the problem is that we’re forced to wear them under the threat of fines and losing points. There are no lives at stake here, and if we don’t wear gloves then we aren’t threatening other people’s integrity,” the group said in a statement. The group argued that it would be better to encourage people to wear gloves rather than to make them mandatory.

The FFMC described the measure as “mostly cosmetic” for a government which wants to believe that it is for road safety.

 

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