Motorcycling Abroad – Guidelines to riding in the EU

By Doberman47

EU LAWS ON MOTORCYCLING ABROAD.

Documentation required:-

  • Both parts of your Driving Licence (including paper part).
  • V5C vehicle registration.
  • MOT if applicable .
  • Motorcycle insurance policy.
  • Passport.
  • E111 National Health Card www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx
  • We advise you to make 3 copies of each document, of the above.
  • If stopped then produce your documents, but only give them your copies.
  • Your travel documents (ferry train etc).
  • Breakdown assistance numbers and documents.

Legal Motorcycle Requirements:-

  • 2 Breathalyser Kits Code NF approved (can obtain on ferries).
  • If you wear glasses for riding take a second pair.
  • Spare bulb kit.
  • Yellow Hi-Viz jacket for each person on your bike.(can be in your saddle bags).
  • Helmets are supposed to have a reflective strip on them, make sure your helmet is of BS with Kite mark.
  • GB sticker, unless incorporated on the number plate.
  • New Gloves Law in France

    Motorcycle riders rights are being affected again.  From 20th November 2016 a new law in France makes it compulsory for motorcycle riders and passengers to to wear gloves. Failure to do so is punishable with fines and licence endorsement.

    Many riders might argue that they have no problem with this new law, as it is a sensible precaution that might save a serious injury and they always wear gloves anyway.  But, there is a huge difference in choosing to wear gloves and being forced to.  If this is seen as a success by the politicians in France, it could lead to further laws to force riders to wear all sorts of protective clothing, such as armoured jackets, full motorcycle trousers and even the dreaded hi-vis.

    This is important because it is yet another example of politicians trying to rule our lives and take away our right to choose how we live.  For many of us, riding a motorcycle is often about freedom and the great feeling that gives us. Do we really want a politician to take some of that freedom away from us by telling us riders what we have to wear?  No, we need to retain the personal choice about how we dress. Those that want to wear AGATT (All The Gear All The Time) can still do so, but please don’t make people all like sheep who have to do the same thing.  That isn’t what motorcycling is about.

    Currently, this is a French regulation and has not been adopted across the much larger European Union area. Brexit might mean that if if adopted Europe-wide it might not affect those living and riding in the UK, but as of now, you have to wear approved gloves if riding in France

For your information;-Scan

Speed and alcohol limits:

Country

MotorwaySpeed

Open Road

Town

Alcohol mg/litre

Austria

130 km/h

100 km/h

50km/h

0.25

Belgium

120 km/h

90 km/h

50km/h

0.25

Denmark

110 (some signed at 130km/h)

80 km/h

50km/h

0.25

France

130 km/h (110 when wet)

90 km/h

50km/h

0.25

Germany

none unless shown

100 km/h

50km/h

0.25

Italy

130 km/h

90 km/h

50km/h

0.4

Luxembourg

120 km/h

90 km/h

60km/h

0.4

Netherlands

120/100 km/h

80 km/h

50km/h

0.25

Norway

90 km/h

80 km/h

50km/h

0.1

Spain

120 km/h

100 km/h

50km/h

0.25 (0.1 for new drivers)

Switzerland

120 km/h

80 km/h

50km/h

0.4

 

The paper counterpart to the photocard licence is being abolished from 8 June 2015 and information about penalty points will only be held on DVLA's driver record.

Anticipating that some traffic police and car rental firms overseas may not immediately be aware of this change, the AA recommends that you retain your paper counterpart if you intend driving or hiring a car abroad rather than following DVLA advice and destroying it on 8 June.

Additionally you should Print your own driving licence record from DVLA's website- you'll need to know your driving licence number, national insurance number and your home address and post code.

 

 

Filtering

In the last few weeks, French Government has changed its mind and filtering is now aloud from February 2016. The official rules now state that riding in-between the lanes of traffic will be allowed only on dual-carriageways and motorways in places where the speed limit is 70kph or more when all lanes are at a standstill. All motorcycle riders should when doing this stay in the two lanes on the left and not ride faster than 50kph.

In France, where motorists must drive on the right hand side of the road, the Highway Code prohibits a vehicle from overtaking another on the right, which is specifically what traffic filtering does when motorcyclists ride in between lanes. The French Highway Code treats motorcycles and cars in exactly the same way when it comes to overtaking. Under no circumstances a vehicle is allowed to overtake on the right.

When travelling in France make sure your SAT NAV Radar checker is turned off.

In France and Spain don't have your communications to your partner on and any music played in your ears, must be turned off, it is against the law.

Finally

Do not forget your FOB code book in case your alarm jams at Service Stations, Tolls and Ferry Ports.

Remember your personal holiday insurance documents.

If you have an accident or taken sick abroad make sure you are taken to a National Health Hospital and not a private one.

 

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All information on this page is provided as a service to our members. It is intended as a guide to the more important rules for the different countries to which we offer driving holidays.

It is not meant to be a comprehensive document. We try and keep the information on this page up-to-date, but we cannot be held responsible in any way for any consequences arising from any inaccuracies.

If you find a mistake or would like to send us some additional information, please contact our Safety Officer, John S Watson.

safetyofficer@blackmountainshog.co.uk

Your co-operation is appreciated.

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