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In Rennes, a snail operation by bikers opposed to technical control [Vidéo] – Reindeer

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Several rallies were organized this Saturday throughout France to oppose the decision of the Council of State to set up the technical control of two-wheelers. In Rennes, around 700 motorcyclists gathered in the early afternoon in front of the prefecture. They thus responded to the call of the FFMC (French Federation of Angry Bikers) of Ille-et-Vilaine which, like its national authorities, denounces a project “ineffective in reducing the accident rate of two-wheelers”.

(The Telegram / Erwan Miloux)

“A cash machine”

On Boulevard d’Armorique, in front of the prefecture, traffic had to be diverted due to the presence of hundreds of motorbikes from the department, but also from Morbihan or Côtes-d’Armor bearing messages such as: “Bogus control , grumpy bikers! If the atmosphere was good-natured, discontent was felt among the ranks of bikers. André had come especially from Vannes to demonstrate: “On average, a motorcyclist travels about 5,000 km per year. This is little. In addition, we take care of the motorcycles we use. We quickly realize the slightest problem that can occur. The interview is a reflex, because it is a question of survival for us. This technical control is a European standardization which will be of no use to us”. Same story for Daniel de Saint-Méen-le-Grand (35) biker for 12 years: “We know that when we get on our motorcycles, we can be in danger. We are aware of this danger, which is why we maintain our machines. We therefore do not need additional regulations that will be useless. It’s just a cash machine that won’t do anything for security. For that, they would do better to fill the holes on the roads, it would be more effective”.

In Rennes, a snail operation by bikers opposed to technical control [Vidéo]
(The Telegram / Erwan Miloux)

“The good students of road safety”

In August 2021, the government announced that it did not want to impose this technical control resulting from a European directive by putting in place alternative measures, judged, by the association of motorcyclists, to be more effective in terms of safety. “Recently the Council of State which considered that these alternative measures were not sufficient and invalidated the repeal of the technical control. The most recent studies show that less than 0.5% of motorized two-wheeler (PTW) accidents are linked to a technical problem with the motorcycles. Over the past 10 years, the number of PTWs has increased by 30% and their accident rate has fallen by 19%. We consider ourselves to be the good students of road safety and not to need this technical control which will bring us nothing in terms of safety” explains Philippe Jéhanno, the president of the FFMC 35, who specifies “We are here to encourage government to continue its efforts to implement alternative measures.

After the rally in front of the prefecture, the procession of motorcycles took to the road again in a concert of horns and the roar of engines. The demonstrators, who divided into two groups, then carried out two snail operations on the ring road, one in the interior direction and the other in the exterior direction, until 4:30 p.m. causing traffic jams.

In Rennes, a snail operation by bikers opposed to technical control [Vidéo]
(The Telegram / Erwan Miloux)



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