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France to require blind spot warning stickers for HGVs

As of January 1, 2021, all heavy goods vehicles entering France whose authorised total weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes are required to be equipped with warning stickers to signal the position of blind spots to other road users.

This new legislation applies to commercial vehicles travelling in an urban environment. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a 4th class penalty fine, which is usually around €135. This can rise to €750, the French government says.

These rules have been implemented to increase the protection of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists etc.) and to reduce the high number of road accidents in France.

Stickers must be visible on both sides and at the back of the vehicle “in all circumstances”, the French regulation explains. This means that the signs must be placed between 0.90m and 1.50m above the ground – except for special cases.

Stickers must be placed in such a way that they don’t cover the vehicle’s regulatory plates and inscriptions, any of the lights or signals, and don’t hinder the driver’s field of view.