In 1900, fewer than 3000 motor cars roamed the roads of France. Any journey could easily turn into quite an adventure! The Michelin brothers’ faith in the future of the motor car was absolute. To encourage the development of the…
Driving in France
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to driving in France. Here, you can find all the new rules of the road and French road signs. Discover everything you need to know about the French autoroute and all the law changes for UK motorists in France.
Whether you're planning a short trip in Paris or driving all the way across France, our guides will give you all the rules and information you need. See our handy infographic on the autoroute in France.
Driving rules in France
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Renting a car in France
All the essential rules and information you need to know about car hire in France.
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LATEST ARTICLES ON DRIVING IN FRANCE
Options for driving in France Moving to France and unsure of your best motoring options when you live there? There are several directions for drivers to take: 1. Sell your UK-registered car and buy a left-hand drive (LHD) when you…
Buying a used car in France – Introductory guide While some people moving to France will take their right-hand drive car with them, at least for the first few months, others will want to make a fresh start on the…
We speak to the AA about the controversial DVLA scheme for car hire abroad For some care hire in France customers this summer there was chaos and confusion, but the dust has now settled on the DVLA’s decision to introduce a digital-only…
There are several new road traffic measures that anyone driving in France needs to be aware of from this summer. First, there are three new speed camera signs in place, warning drivers to watch their speed in three areas: along a…
The autoroute in France is familiar to us all. From north to south, east to west, from Lyon down to the Riviera on the mythical, almost sensory route du soleil, a humble stretch of French road can be a source of holiday…
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.
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.
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.
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…