What is angles morts?
Angles Morts translates to “dead angle”, the equivalent to what we refer to in the UK as a driver’s “Blind Spot”. It’s the area the driver can’t easily see from their driving position, even with the aid of their vehicle’s mirrors.
The term “Angles Morts” became better known in the UK HGV haulage industry after the French Government passed a decree stating vehicles over 3.5 tonnes (including, Abnormal Loads / Convoi Exceptionnel) travelling through France were required to affix special “Angles Morts” (blind spot) signage to their vehicles to warn other road users of the dangers.
What is the French decree 2020-1396?
The French Decree 2020-1396, of 17 November 2020, concerns the required signage of blind spots on vehicles with a permissible gross vehicle weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes. The decree was passed and came into effect on the 1st January 2021.
The decree states, that signage showing the position of the blind spots must be affixed to the vehicle, providing, “…the greatest possible visibility, in particular for cyclists, pedestrians and users of personal mobility devices”. The exact size, design and location of the sign must be displayed in accordance with the decree.
Penalty and Fines
A penalty can result in a French 4th class penalty fine, typically €135, however this can fluctuate and also incur up to a maximum of 6 penalty points too.
Angles Morts Application Guidelines
- When ordering Angles Morts signage notice the different designs based on whether the vehicle is transporting goods or people (ie. for coaches etc).
- Signage must be placed between, as close as possible, to 90m and 1.50m above the ground.
- Signage must be placed in such a way that is does do not cover the vehicle’s regulatory plates and inscriptions, any of the lights or signals, and do not hinder the driver’s field of view.
- Vehicles need to apply signage in the positions indicated on both sides of the vehicle and at the back of the vehicle and trailers.