Since August 2, 2021, motorcycles and scooters have the right to ride between car files, in traffic jams. An applied practice, but now formalized. And who should reduce the number of accidents.
How to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on motorcycles in Haute-Garonne? The death toll for July 2021 was terrible, with six deaths across the department. Coincidence or not, the Ministry of the Interior launched at the beginning of August, a phase of experimentation with the circulation of bikers between the files of cars. In twenty-one departments, bikers now have the right, it is set in stone until 2024, to put together car files.
Interfile traffic is only on roads and highways with 2 x 2 lanes
Not just anywhere, only on roads and highways with a minimum of 2×2 lanes, with a central reservation. And not just any old way, since their speed is limited to 50 km / h, with a maximum difference of 30 km / h with the speed of other vehicles. Thus, they must drive at 30 km / h in a traffic jam at a standstill. And get back to normal files when traffic lifts. Allowing triggered bikers to overtake cars in traffic jams, how can this reduce the number of accidents? “Raising the awareness of all road users to interfile traffic, which is specific to bikers, is one of the levers”, estimates the prefecture. The communication campaign which was deployed at the beginning of October, through a leaflet distributed in several districts of Toulouse, strongly urges motorists: “Be extremely vigilant when you pull out.” I appeal to all drivers, regardless of who they are. the type of vehicle, to show responsibility: lives are in your hands “, supports the prefect.
“The main scourge remains the oblivion of the flashing light”
“The flashing light, of course, is the basis. But the scourge in recent years, it is the phone while driving approves Maurice Caubel. Even in a traffic jam, using his phone, we do not necessarily realize that our And a lateral deviation of 10 cm, over 3 m of advance, may be enough to hit a motorcycle that goes up a file of cars, adds the representative of the Federation of Angry Bikers of Haute-Garonne. The main scourge remains the absence of flashing, and cars retracting too late towards their exit. for motorcycles.