Since 1 July 2008, drivers found without safety vests for themselves and their passengers can be fined up to €135. As from January 1, 2016 the safety vest requirement also extends to motorbikes.
Driving in FranceVehicle advice and the rules of the road
LATEST ARTICLES ON DRIVING IN FRANCE
From the 8 June the paper counterparts to UK driving licences are being computerised, and replaced with official codes to hold any data on their holders’ endorsements and fines. Any visitors planning to hire a car in France after that…
If you are going to be driving in France, take note of the new ban on hands-free kits in vehicles that will take effect on June 30, 2015. The ban includes any mobile device hands-free kit that requires a wired or wireless ear bud, headset, or headphone.
For many holidaymakers travelling en famille or with a lot of gear, a roof rack is a necessity in France. From bikes to luggage and even canoes, roof racks allow bulky or space-consuming items to be easily transported to the…
Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…
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.
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
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.