In addition to the special action that will take place throughout the province on behalf of the East Flanders public prosecutor’s office this week, until Monday 28 November at 6 a.m., with regard to the (prohibited) use of mobile devices while driving, the local police of the Zottegem/Herzele/Sint-Lievens-Houtem police zone, as in recent years, have also started more intensive checks on the presence and correct use of bicycle lights. This action plan is partly the result of several reports from other road users who were confronted with unlit (moped) cyclists and who experience this as very unsafe in traffic.
Between nightfall and daybreak as well as in all other (weather) conditions that limit visibility to a distance of approximately 200 metres, cyclists and moped riders must keep both a white front and a red rear light on (no flashing lights). lights). This also applies to children’s bikes, mountain bikes and racing bikes. The checks mainly take place in the morning and evening along the roads to the various schools and to the train stations of Herzele and Zottegem as well as in the vicinity of public bicycle sheds, party halls, etc. First, preventive checks and warnings are carried out. In the second phase of the action plan, from the month of December, repressive action will be taken and verbalized. Those who then still set off with an unlit (moped) bicycle, risks a fine of 60 euros. If one light works and the other light doesn’t, you won’t get a ‘discount’, but you will be thrown onto the receipt for the same amount. Even if your bike is not equipped with the necessary reflectors, this can be fined.