RIDING or driving while wearing earphones has been banned in France.
The new rules prohibit the use of any headset capable of emitting sound, including music and phone calls, with a penalty of a €135 (£95) fine and three licence points. Exceptions include hands-free speakers that are fitted to the helmet and don’t go in the ear, which are still permitted according to the French news website Numerama.
Drivers can still make hands-free calls using systems that don’t involve a headset. Hearing aids can still be worn and emergency services can still use hands-free headsets. The rules were published by the French government at the beginning of July and are now in force.