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European Driving Laws

European Driving Laws

Driving is a great way to explore a country you’re visiting. Going off the beaten track and discovering a hidden gem not in the guide book is one of the great joys of travel. That unrivalled feeling of freedom to go where you want, when you want. And in Europe we are spoilt for choice […]

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Update to French Driving Rules 2015

Update to French Driving Rules 2015

New rules come into force as at July 2015 for drivers and cyclists in France. You need to be aware of them since breaking the rules unwittingly won’t save you from being fined or worse, you could have your vehicle confiscated. The full rules can be found at the Government website: www.securiteroutiere.gouv.fr French Driving Rules […]

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New Style Driving Licence France

Written by on September 17, 2013 in Rules and Regulations
New Style Driving Licence France

From 16 September 2013 France started to issue a new format driving license. The famous pink paper style licences will be phased out and a new credit card model will instead be circulated. Designed to be more secure and to fight the high level of forgeries of the old style certificate, the new driving licence […]

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Speed limits in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Speed limits in France

Make sure you know the speed limits in France, you can be fined or have your vehicle confiscated for breaking the rules. What is the speed limit in France: The normal speed limit on French motorways is 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph) – or 110 km/hr in rain – 50 km per hour in […]

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Driving in France checklist

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Driving in France checklist

Foreigners driving in France – whether its their own car or a hire car from France need to know the rules of what documentation and items to carry in the car that are mandatory. Not having the correct documentation or items in the car can mean you are subject to fines if stopped by the […]

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Priorité à Droite (priority to the right) in France

Written by on March 11, 2013 in Rules and Regulations with 0 Comments
Priorité à Droite (priority to the right) in France

This famous feature of French driving protocol is still causing confusion today even though it isn’t as common as it was.  Basically when you are driving in France, look out for a sign with a black cross in a white triangle with a red outline – traffic from the right entering into your road doesn’t […]

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Motorways and Toll Roads in France

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Motorways and Toll Roads in France

  French motorways (autoroutes) are defined by numbers preceded by the letter A (for Autoroute).   There are a few free motorways in France, and some long-distance dual carriageways are up to motorway standard.  It is actually possible to drive right through France avoiding all tolls – though this is not always the best nor the […]

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Speed cameras in France

Written by on June 26, 2012 in Rules and Regulations
Speed cameras in France

If you think you won’t come across speed cameras in France – think again! There are well over two thousand stationary speed cameras on France’s roads and motorways – not a lot by some country’s standards but  new cameras are being set up all the time.  Your map book may be out of date and […]

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Drink Driving laws in France

Written by on February 24, 2012 in Rules and Regulations
Drink Driving laws in France

Drink Driving laws in France – know them and don’t break them to avoid fines or worse. France is the number one tourist destination in the world – millions visit every year to take a break in its beautiful cities or in the countryside. Many visitors will go by car or hire a car on […]

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Breathalyser kits in France – rule change

Written by on December 9, 2011 in Rules and Regulations
Breathalyser kits in France – rule change

Breathalyser kits in France – rule change, they will NOT need to be carried by motorists in France. In 2011 the French Government issued information that from 1 July 2012 motorists in France must carry a breathalyser kit (etholytest voiture) in their car – this included foreign motorists and holiday makers. As at January 2013 […]

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