High Visibility Funeral Directors?

It has finally happened, the worst fear of all funeral directors, that they will soon be forced to wear high visibility jackets. The thin edge of the wedge is here! National protests begin tomorrow, details at the bottom of this post.

Do you really think bright yellow would look more dignified?

The French government intends to make all bikers wear high-visibility/reflective clothing and the Irish Government is also bringing in new rules that bikers wear full-sleeved high visibility jackets. Both are pushing for this to become EU wide. With no thought to professional uses, such as motorcycle funerals, a blanket rule will be put in place and any funeral director remaining beside the coffin by sitting pillion on a motorcycle hearse will be forced to wear a brightly coloured high visibility jacket. At Motorcycle Funerals Limited we are taking the position that the best place for their high visibility jackets on funerals is in the crematory! It is distasteful to think that I will be expected to tell a 93 year old who wants to sit beside his late wife of seventy years on her final journey or to the seven year old who wants to share a moment with his grandma they can’t without donning a high visibility jacket.

The EU's vision for the future of funeral directing

Just as worrying is the proposed blanket ban on all motorcycle modifications. My friend Bob the Bear, who raises thousands for charities along with Ivan will soon be sent to the zoo! Bob, who wears a helmet under his very bear head, will be beheaded and who knows what fate Brussels has in store for his Turbo Bear! I made this short video at the National Funeral Exhibition 2011. Please watch it and ask yourself, should the EU really get away with consigning these three bears to the WWF endangered species list?

As well as the blanket ban on all motorcycle modifications the EU wants to remove all vehicles over seven years old from built up areas. My bike, which I bought brand new in 2002, has great fuel consumption and has been fully serviced ever since. Despite that it would be banned from all towns and cities. Do car drivers really believe this seven-year rule will not eventually be imposed upon them too? Under the new legislation you could even face a fine for fitting better suspension and brakes! Finally, a complete absurdity from an emissions point of view. The EU wants to ban filtering through traffic. In other words have tens of thousands of motorbikes simply sitting there giving off fumes rather than making progress.

The traditional British motorcycle hearse and funeral director simply do not do high visibility jackets!

In British culture most motorcyclists lean forward cafe racer style so high visibility jackets can’t be seen from the front anyway, but no doubt some jobs-worth in Brussels will suggest painting the coffin in high visibility colours as well. Either way funeral directors will be next on the hit list for sure, so this is just the thin edge of the wedge!

Examples of protests tomorrow: Oxford protestHampshire protestWest Country protestEast Yorkshire protest,  M4 protest, MAG Protest Facebook Page.


About Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair, often referred to as The Faster Pastor, has 30 years proven ministry as a pastor, speaker, published author and writer. His wife Marian is from Ghana and has been a minister in song for as many years. When Marian sings… expect an anointing!
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One Response to High Visibility Funeral Directors?

  1. I think we must be careful not to stand in the way of progress or get on the wrong side of the future. These bureaucrats have our best interests, our health and our safety at heart. Testimony to their vocation of care is the fact that they can find time to draw up this wise and beneficent legislation even as the entire European project totters and its foundations crumble.

    It’s a good point you make about the leaning-forward position adopted by most British bikers. The solution is to compel them to wear fluorescent pants over their trousers. In addition, I have long felt that coffins should be fitted with brake lights.

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