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Mandatory bicycle accessories

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

To cycle, several accessories are required: headset for children under 12 years old, high visibility vest, lighting and signalling devices, warning signal.

From 12 years

A helmet is not mandatory for cycling, but it is strongly recommended.

Child under 12 years

A child of under 12 years must wear a helmet on a bicycle, whether a driver or a passenger.

An adult who transports or accompanies the child must ensure that the child is transported.

The helmet must be approved (CE marking).

The helmet must be attached.

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.

To operate at night, or during the day when visibility is poor, every driver and passenger of a bicycle must wear a high-visibility vest outside the built-up area.

The vest must be approved (CE marking).

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €150. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €35.

Every bicycle shall be equipped with the following lighting and signage:

  • One or more retro rear (and trailer, if necessary)
  • Orange reflectors visible from the side
  • White front reflector
  • Orange-coloured reflectors on the pedals

At night, or during the day when visibility is poor, every bicycle must be equipped with the following 2 lights (and the trailer, if necessary):

  • Position light emitting forward non-dazzling yellow or white light
  • Rear position light that must be clearly visible from the rear when the bicycle is used.

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

Every bicycle must be equipped with a warning device (bell).

The sound of its stamp or bell shall be heard at least 50 metres away.

The use of any other sound signal is prohibited.

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.

Every bicycle can be equipped with a hazard-warning device, on the back and left.

The hazard gauge is optional.