For the past few weeks, a collective of tire deflators has been rampant in France. It particularly targets SUVs, which are considered to be more polluting. But what do the authors risk?
At the end of July, a French branch of the English collective Tire Extinguishers began to develop. The “SUV deflators” mainly target large SUV-type vehicles parked in large cities such as Paris. More polluting, they would not have their place in the streets of our cities according to the militants. But they face penalties…
Indeed, voluntarily deflating the tire of a vehicle is likened to damaging the property of others. This action can lead to legal proceedings, if the perpetrator is caught red-handed by the police or identified through cameras, for example. The offender thus exposes himself to a 5th class contravention according to article R635-1 of the Penal Code. This can range from the suspension of the driver’s license for up to three years, the prohibition to hold or carry a weapon subject to authorization for the same period or even community service for a period of 20 to 120 hours.
A heavier sentence is possible
Depending on the case, we can also speak of endangering the life of others. Indeed, even if the activists claim that they warn the owners of their misdeeds with a leaflet attached to the windshield or the side glazing, there remains a risk for the owner. He may not pay attention to the paper and take his vehicle anyway, or decide to go to an inflation station to redo the levels but lose control at the first turn and suffer an accident.
In the event of an accident, the person responsible for the deflation could be condemned according to article 223-1 of the Penal Code. This affirms that “the act of directly exposing another to an immediate risk of death or injury likely to cause mutilation or permanent infirmity by the manifestly deliberate violation of a particular duty of care or safety imposed by law or regulation is punishable by one year’s imprisonment and a fine of 15,000 euros.”
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