French motorcyclists protest daytime headlights

20th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 19 (AFP) - Thousands of motorcyclists demonstrated across France over the week-end to protest against a government initiative to encourage car-drivers to turn on their headlights as a safety measure during the winter months.

PARIS, Sept 19 (AFP) - Thousands of motorcyclists demonstrated across France over the week-end to protest against a government initiative to encourage car-drivers to turn on their headlights as a safety measure during the winter months.  

Rallies organised by the French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists took place on Saturday and Sunday in Paris, Lyon and several other towns and cities to denounce a measure which they say is dangerous to two-wheeled vehicles.  

Under a voluntary scheme to be introduced next month, motorists will be asked to switch on their headlights outside urban areas even during the hours of daylight. According to the government, the measure - which is in effect in many northern European countries - should save up to 500 lives a year on the roads.  

However motorcyclists - who already turn on their headlamps during daytime - say they will be much harder to distinguish when all vehicles are lit up. The government is to evaluate the scheme next spring before deciding whether to introduce it permanently.

 

© AFP

 

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