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Holland Bans Lights on Motorcycle Gear

It looks like France is not the only European country with funny (read silly) laws when it comes to motorcycle riding.
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Here's one weird legal regulation emerging from the Netherlands, banning the use of lights on motorcycle gear. This includes helmets, jackets, trousers and boots, with the only legal place for illumination elements remaining the motorcycle itself.

This regulation is a bit weird, since being visible at night is one of the key passive safety elements in riding a motorcycle on public roads. Manufacturers like Triumph have embedded LED lighting in their range of OEM jackets because it really makes sense when it comes to being seen.

Other similar gadgets are available for installation on rider and passenger helmets, and LED-signaled reflective vests are becoming more and more common in the two-wheeled world...outside Holland. The only ones allowed to wear luminous elements on them are bicycle riders.

We cannot figure a reasonable explanation for such a ban, and if you do, please share it with us.

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