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Motorcycles may be banned from cities in France !

April 10, 2011

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet is trying to push through one of the most evil and disgusting piece of anti-bike legislation in France. Let's hope she will fail.

We have recently learned that France’s ecology minister, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (left), has proposed a ban on the circulation of all older motorbikes and scooters in city centres. Motorbikes and scooters that were manufactured before 1st July 2004 (and also cars manufactured before 1997) may be banned from entering city centres from as early as 2012 in an attempt to improve air quality by reducing pollution.

The proposals have yet to be approved by the French Government but, if implemented, up to 1.6 million motorbike and scooter owners could be forced to replace their machine if they wish to continue to ride in city centres. The scheme would initially be the subject of a trial in eight cities across France (Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Aix-en-Provence and Saint-Denis). Under the new proposals, anyone caught riding a motorcycle from before 2004 will be issued with an expensive fine and possibly have their bike taken away from them on the spot.

At a time when many citizens are struggling to cope with the adverse economic environment where prices have increased dramatically, these proposals come as a complete shock to most of us. This is most likely to be one of the most disgusting and anti-bike piece of legislation ever seen in France, which would ban up to 1.6 million French riders from using motorcycles to help reduce congestion in city centres.

The Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers) have expressed their total opposition to the proposed scheme and intend to organise a series of protests that will paralyse city centres and bring them to a complete standstill during the most crucial hours of the day, until proposals are totally abandoned. The FFMC argues that “not only motorcycles comply with the Euro 3 regulation since 2003 but also contribute to reducing toxic and harmful emissions caused by traffic. According to CITEPA [institute in charge of preparing and publishing pollution related statistics], motorcycles only represent 0.23% of the overall CO2 emissions in France. In addition, cities such as London, that have taken draconian measures to reduce pollution, have exempt motorcycles from these measures and, in fact, have been encouraging their use”. So why such an evil attack on riders in France?

A first protest will be taking place in Paris this Monday 11th April 2011 where thousands of angry bikers are expected to gather at Place de la Concorde at 12.30pm and cause a little bit of disruption in the French capital! The FFMC together with their thousands of supporters all over the country are determined to show Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet how stupid her proposals are and make her realise the consequences if she doesn’t abandon or withdraw her plans immediately. Good luck to her!

Further reading (in English) Bike ban in French cities (and in French) Interdiction des deux-roues en ville 


If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. BillyBloggs permalink

    What planet is this woman on?

  2. May I add that Monday was NOT intended as a protest ride, just a peaceful gathering of riders, we were barely 70 to 80, to ride around a bit during the lunch break and stop by the ministry to give a letter asking to talk to the minister. No banners, no loud speakers, no disturbance.
    Yet we were ambushed by 16 trucks full of cops, actually more cops than riders, who blocked us for over two hours, checking our IDs, license plates, bikes, etc, only letting us go one at a time, making sure everyone was late to go back to work.
    When we were finally freed, we were but a handfull left… and we went to the ministry, and we gave the letter, and we met someone in there, just as planned. Non mais !

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