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Mandatory accessories for a 2 or 3-wheel motor (motorcycle, scooter ...)

Verified 15 February 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

To drive in France with a 2 or 3 wheels (motorcycle, scooter....) or a quad bike, several equipment are mandatory: helmet, gloves, vest, headlights... This equipment is necessary for the safety of passengers or other road users. The absence of these facilities constitutes a offence and results in a ticket. Some personal protective equipment is not mandatory but adapted: jacket, trousers, shoes, airbag...

Mandatory motorcycle and scooter equipment and penalties for absence

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Compulsory accessories for motorcycles and scooters and penalties for absence

Helmet. The wearing of the helmet is mandatory for the driver and his passenger. Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a 3-point withdrawal from the licence and a fine of up to €750.

High visibility jacket. When you drive a 2 or 3-wheel drive or an unpowered quadricycle, you must have a high-visibility vest on you or in a stowage of your vehicle. After an emergency stop, you must wear a high-visibility vest if you are forced to leave your vehicle on or around the roadway. Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €750.

Gloves. The wearing of gloves is mandatory for the driver and his passenger. Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to € 450. The driver also risks the withdrawal of a point on his driving licence.

Functional lighting. All 2 or 3 motorised or quadricycle powered wheels shall be equipped with lights in good working condition at night or when visibility is insufficient. Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to € 450.

The wearing of the helmet is mandatory for the driver and his passenger.

The helmet must be approved (ECE white label or NF green label).

It must be attached.

Failure to comply with this obligation shall be punishable by withdrawal of 3 licence points and a fine of up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

The asset and impound of the vehicle may be ordered.

Please note

these rules do not apply to the driver and his or her passenger wearing the seat belt when the vehicle is equipped with it.

The wearing of gloves is mandatory for the driver and his passenger.

Gloves must be CE certified (you recognise them on their CE label).

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €450. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €68.

The driver also risks removing a point on his driving licence.

The asset and impound of the vehicle may be ordered.

Please note

these rules do not apply to the driver and his/her passenger wearing the seat belt when the vehicle is equipped with it, as well as doors.

When you drive a 2 or 3-wheel drive or an unpowered quadricycle, you must have a high-visibility vest on you or in a stowage of your vehicle.

The vest shall be approved with an CE marking affixed to it.

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €38. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €11.

After an emergency stop, you must wear a high-visibility vest if you are forced to leave your vehicle on or around the roadway.

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

The asset and impound of the vehicle may be ordered.

All 2 or 3 motorised or quadricycle powered wheels shall be equipped with the following lamps:

  • Road lights
  • Crossing lamps
  • Rear position lamps
  • Stop

They must be operational at night or when visibility is poor.

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €450. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €68. The asset and impound of the vehicle may be ordered.

Some equipment and clothing are not mandatory, but adapted: jacket, trousers, shoes, airbag...