Friday, 30 March 2012

Icelandic riders successfully resist mandatory protective clothing

The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations
 Mar 30, 2012

Icelandic riders successfully resist mandatory protective clothing

FEMA member BLS reports that the Icelandic government will most likely drop its plans to mandate protective clothing for motorcyclists. Riders in Iceland pointed out that almost all riders would wear protective, partly also due to rather rough weather conditions. In addition Iceland would be the only country in Europe mandating such a measure.

In the latest draft of the Icelandic traffic bill there is no more mentioning of the compulsory use of protective clothing. The bill still has to pass parliament but the Icelandic FEMA member BLS is confident that it will be approved without further amendments. The position of FEMA and its member organizations on protective clothing is clear: riders should be encouraged to wear protective clothing but the final decision about what to wear and when needs to be left to the individual.

Njáll Gunnlaugsson from BLS: "This positive outcome is because of the constant effort we put in to get this done, and a big help was the fact that FEMA helped us in this battle by giving a statement, as is mentioned in the subchapter in the traffic bill. I just wanted to say thank you. This really proves that FEMA makes a difference."

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