Earlier this week some important changes were made to the French Highway Code (Le Code de la Route) following publication of a decree.
Cyclists and pedestrians have been given new rights over cars in a series of changes to the highway code in France.
So, whith the new rull, pedestrians now always have priority over cars when crossing a road.
They need to “show a clear intention to cross” a road and vehicles are required to stop for them. A clear intention is defined as the pedestrian taking a step forward at the kerbside or giving a hand gesture to imply that they wish to cross.
The new rule does not apply less than 50 metres away from a pedestrian crossing.
Drivers who ignore the rules face a fine of €135 or could lose four points from their licence.
Also, bicycles can now legally skip a red light to turn right, but only at crossroads where a sign says so.
Now in our opinion such a regulation is likely to do more harm than good.
Moreover, say a pedestrian crosses the street, you hit him, he says he waved, you say he didn’t. No witnesses around. Who’s right?
Also, does this mean that if there were 5 pedestrians waiting along a road of 100m we are obliged to brake/stop/be alert every 20m? Or, if you are an American for ex … how you will know about this rule ? What … They will install huge ads with this new rule outside the airport!? Or how ?
Now how’s that??? What’s your opinion?