France: It Claims More Fines For Cyclists, But Minor

Return to look to France, that country that admits turns cyclists to the right in their cities and that has decided authorize payment of displacement to them workers that come in bike to their posts, because released another good idea. At least on paper.

In November 2012 began in Strasbourg a trial period of fines reduced for cyclists, another example of adaptation of the regulations to the peculiarities of this vehicle. You have in Rue89 Strasbourg, where also explain If work or not. (Spoiler: it seems that they do work, but they are not the only factor influenced).

“The fines reduced, would work or not?” on Rue89 Strasbourg.

Instead of them 90 € that pay others drivers, them fines reduced to cyclists have a cost of 45.60 € and is applied to several violations of the Code of the route French (his law of traffic):

  • Skipping a red light or a stop sign
  • Circular in meaning forbidden
  • Circular under the effects of the alcohol
  • Use phone mobile
  • Circular in pedestrian area in unauthorized hours
  • Not to give way to a pedestrian

In Strasbourg blame to them new prices a increase in the number of fines imposed, a reduction in the amount of accidents with cyclists, of 108 in 2012 to only 67 in 2013, and especially a fall of the 18% in the amount of accidents in that them cyclists are responsible, according to cite in Libération. Or at least so they say the municipal police and the French National Council of road safety (CNSR), which has recommended to extend the program to the rest of the country. They are missing because legal issues so that the measure can be taken, according to Le Monde.

The cycling associations take importance, since also new cycling routes have been opened and it is difficult to restrict the causes of the accident to a single intervention.

The Foundation theory of this reduction is double. On the one hand, the consequences of an accident caused by a cyclist will be typically lower than which causes a driver of a motor vehicle, because of the speed and weight that reach these types of vehicles, and by proportionality makes sense that the amounts of the fines are lower.

On the other hand, it is a question of psychology. If the amounts of the fines are very high, it could be a case of symbolic legislation, which remains unimplemented in reality: the police – which in the end are people – might prefer turn a blind eye and not put fines to cyclists. Same penalties returnable Cambridge for not having lights, if agents can impose them unless they accuse them of “fundraising effort”, is more likely to put them. And if them cyclists know that to the police not les trembles the hand at the time of fine, will put more care in respect them standards.

Some of truth must be therein that the French police, at the moment, does not fines: in November, the free French 20 Minutes published a poll in which 88% of cyclists declared to have committed any offence, and 44% said not to be afraid to be fined in bike. The survey it commissioned the insurance company MMA. Any jurist French says that the lowered of the fines can run If, effectively, that makes that is put more.

By fines reduced or without them, we believe that disclosure is still needed: if many cyclists do not know the rules in Spain, will hardly see solutions put fines. Also, the same survey of MMA says that only the 25% of them French uses lights in their bicycle and not have found that the fines go to apply is also to this concept. Perhaps could they add it to the proposal?

 

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