|When travelling in France check what items of motoring equipment are required.
Speed Limit - km/hr (mph)
|Major roads outside towns
.For car & trailer over 3.5 tonnes:
For visting new drivers (full licence for less than 2 years):
- Motorways overtaking lane, minimum speed 80 km/hr (50 mph)
- Motorways in rain, maximum speed 110 km/hr (68 mph)
- Visibility < 50 metres, maximum speed 50 km/hr (31 mph)
- Towing a caravan or trailer? Then you will need to fit 80/90 stickers
- Compulsory in front seats and rear seats if fitted.
- Under 10 years must be in the rear using an approved seat or harness.
- Up to nine months can be in an approved rear facing seat in the front.
- Most motorways are toll roads "autoroutes a peage".
- Because of their private financing, prices per km can vary.
- Take a ticket on entering, and produce it later for payment according to
..the distance travelled.
Warning: the time of issue is printed on the ticket. Paying for it 2 hours later, 300 kilometres down the road, it is not difficult for a machine to work out that you must have been exceeding the speed limit!! If the police are checking that section of motorway you will be fined!
- Sometimes you can enter without a ticket, and pay a set amount on leaving.
- Emergency phones (orange) are located every 2km
- Parking and resting, toilets and picnic areas, are every 10 or 20 km.
Drinking and Driving
- The level of alcohol in the blood must be below 0.5 g/l.
- Random breath tests are frequent.
- Drink Driving fines range from approx £95 to £3000.
Don't forget to carry an NF approved Alcohol Breathalyser.
Minimum Tyre Depth
- Police are authorised to impose and collect fines on the spot, but they
..must issue a receipt for amount paid.
- Speeding offences attract an on the spot fine of up to approx £500.
- Violation of traffic regulations attract on the spot fine up to approx £250.
- Disregarding safety precautions resulting in injury or death to a another person
..could result in very high penalties - approx £10,000 for causing slight injuries.
- A Blue Zone system operates in major towns, discs available from police,
..tourist offices and tobacconists.
- Parking meters and Pay and Display systems also operate.
- Wheel clamps and the impounding of cars are likely for illegally parked cars
..especially in Paris.
Emergency Phone Numbers
- Police 112
- Fire Service 112
- Ambulance 112
- Reflective vests must be carried in the 'passenger cell' of the vehicle
..and not the boot.
- Use dipped headlights at night, never drive on sidelights alone.
- Flashing your headlights means I am going first, not I give way!
- Horns to be used for emergencies only.
- Flashing amber on traffic lights means proceed with caution.