Blind spot stickers from 1 January 2021 mandatory in France
From 1 January, trucks, buses and towed material above 3.5 tonnes will be required to carry blind spot stickers in France. Although the IRU has protested against this unilaterally proclaimed measure, it is good to be prepared.
The IRU has called on the European Union to intervene against the French measure, but given the time and the Christmas recess in Europe on the doorstep, little concrete can be expected. The French measure is therefore likely to take off as of 1 January. Here are the rules as announced by France:
Trucks and tractors
The mandatory stickers on cargo trucks and tractors must be affixed to the right-hand back between 0.9 and 1.5 m from the road surface. Furthermore, stickers must be affixed to the same height on both sides of the cab. The sticker must not be affixed more than one metre from the front.
Stickers on the back of trailers and semi-trailers must be affixed to the rear, just like the trucks. In addition, they should be stuck on both sides on the first meter from the front. Here too, as everywhere, the height must be between 0.9 and 1.5 m. For semi-trailers, the position of the sticker in the first meter behind the kingpin must be.
As far as we know, the obligation applies only in urban areas, but it is unclear whether, for example, the peripheral paris is included. Furthermore, there are exceptions for vehicles where it is technically impossible to comply with the regulations. The height may vary up to 210 cm above the road surface. For container chassis, car transporters, tankers, flat trailers and, for example, vehicles with a marketing system where it is impossible to affix the rear marking, the rear marking may be affixed to another position.