French bikers rally against daytime headlights

11th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 10 (AFP) - Thousands of French motorcyclists held rallies across the country over the weekend protesting the requirement that all motorists use headlights during the day, which they say puts them at additional risk.

PARIS, April 10 (AFP) - Thousands of French motorcyclists held rallies across the country over the weekend protesting the requirement that all motorists use headlights during the day, which they say puts them at additional risk.

Organisers said 20,000 attended rallies across the country, including 7,000 driving through Paris on Sunday to the Eiffel Tower. Police did not immediately provide numbers.

Since 1975 only motorcycles were required to use headlights during the day in France, which their drivers said enabled other motorists to pick them out traffic.

But as part of efforts to reduce highway deaths the government last October began a test to see if all drivers using headlights during the day would help improve safety, a test which the government extended last month.

"From the moment something is determined to be beneficial there is no reason it should be monopolised by (motorcycles) or cars," Transport Minister Gilles de Robien said on RTL television Sunday. He said motorcyclists also "see cars better" because of the regulation.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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