Before setting off onto the French roads, it is vital to acquaint yourself with some basic principals concerning driving in France as well as the road network and administrative requirements relating to driving licences.
Driving in FranceVehicle advice and the rules of the road
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The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo unveiled the city’s plan to fight pollution, including a call for no more diesel cars in Paris by 2020.
Not all American driving licences are exchangeable for a French one. Find out if yours is – and the step-by-step process to acquiring a French licence otherwise.
The new credit card format French driving licence includes an electronic chip, but it has been found to be too expensive to implement.
Frequently Asked Questions about the eligibility of foreign licences, how to obtain a French driving licence, the penalty points and other important rules
Since 1 July 2008, drivers found without safety vests for themselves and their passengers can be fined up to €135. Vests must be kept in the front of the car, so that you can access them easily, before getting out of the vehicle.
In France, one in four speeding offences are committed by foreign registered cars. Following an EU directive in effect since November 2013, member states are able to enforce traffic penalties for driving offences committed by foreign motorists, such as speeding.…
If you bring a car to France you can keep the original overseas licence plates for up to a month only. Here’s how to change them over, plus information on registering new and second-hand French cars
Use the new government website to find who sells the cheapest diesel and petrol in the Tarn & Aveyron. The government hopes that by displaying their prices, it will encourage retailers to be more competitive.
Vehicles are required to carry a ‘NF Approved’ breathalyzer kit but there is no fine for non-compliance.
Imagine the warm breeze in your hair and the feel of the hand-crafted wood and leather of a bygone era. Cross Channel Sports Cars offer daily or weekly Morgan hire, so you can drive around the stunning South West of France in style.
The relaxed attitude to drinking and driving in France has surprised and sometimes delighted many foreign visitors. Tales such as the account in ‘A Year in Provence’, where policemen were helping drunk partygoers into their cars at the end of a village meal were not rare. But things have swiftly changed, since the French government pledged to lower the terrifyingly high number of deaths on French roads…
American licenses may be eligible for a reciprocal exchange towards a French one, depending on the state of issue of the original.
The cost of using toll roads in France can soon add up. Signing up for télépéage could work out more economical on many levels, offering discounts and allowing you to avoid the queues.
Like a good many of us who plunge straight into moving lock, stock and barrel to France, never having had a holiday home here, we underestimated the challenge of living in a foreign country…
The aim is to ensure that cars on the road are in better condition, newer and cause less pollution.
Had a ticket recently and not sure how many points are left on your licence? Or perhaps you’re unclear about whether points lost years ago have been returned? Now there’s an easy way to find out
The European Directive states that the driving licences of EU member states are valid in other EU countries. This means that you can keep your UK licence until you are 70 years old and drive in France.
Whether you need to get over your nerves or take a test to get a French licence, here’s some advice to get you started…