Just read this may be of help.
we are off to the south on thursday
Mass protest by motorcyclists (motardes) in France 18th June
Those of you travelling to or in France on the 18th June 2011 should be aware that a very large number of us motorcyclists will be blocking certain motorway routes on that day.
This is a serious protest against certain measures that have been proposed by the French government that restrict and badly affect the rights and safety of motorcyclists. It is another example of moronic bureaucrats sitting in offices thinking that that are experts in everything.
The French, unlike the Brits, do not take this sort of thing lying down. Every Department will be having a protest. The locations can be seen here: www.uniondesusagersdelaroute.com
I am one of those who happens to believe in the principals of personal freedom with personal responsibility. The French constitution has always been strong on that, too, but the British disease of attacking motorists of all kinds and extracting more money at any opportunity seems to be infecting France now.
The protest is, of course, open to all road users, not just motorcyclists, since the issues are of concern to everyone.
The issues of concern include:
Mandatory wearing of fluorescent jacket on a motorcycle at all times.
The fitting of MUCH larger than normal registration plates.
Making filtering in traffic jams illegal.
The removal of warning signs for radar speed traps.
The ban on radar detectors and other measures that warn of traps.
It won't be long before car drivers and passengers are required to wear crash helmets!