Breizh Poellrezh SF - Douarañ Santel
Breizh Poellrezh SF - Douarañ Santel

THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN FRANCE AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES:

• VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
• LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
• CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
• CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
• PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR DRIVING LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE DRIVING LICENCE.
• SPARE BULB KIT
• WARNING TRIANGLE
• FIRST AID KIT
• INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
• HIGH VISABILITY TABARDS (VESTS) THESE ARE NOW COMPULSARY AND MUST BE WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE DRIVER. A suitable high visibility vest is supplied by Advanced Safety Products and conforms to BS EN471: 1994 Class 2.


Children in cars:
Children under 10 are not allowed in the front. In the rear they must use a proper restraint system appropriate to their weight, which means a child seat if they weigh between 9 and 15 kg. Over this weight they can use seat belts with a booster cushion.

Lights:
Dipped headlights must be used in poor daytime visibility. Driving on sidelights isn't permitted in France. It's an offence to drive with a light not showing because of a faulty bulb. Drivers, who cannot fit a replacement when asked to do so also risk a fine, be warned.

Drinking and Driving:
France has stricter drink driving laws than the U.K. 0.25mg of alcohol per litre of blood compared with 0.4 in the U.K. Our advise is do NOT drink and drive, any reading above 0.05% can lead to imprisonment.

Seat belts:
Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants, if fitted.

Fines:
Speeding offences attract an on-the-spot fine of up to 750 Euro or 3,750 Euro and 3 months imprisonment. An official receipt should be issued.

Speeding by less than 20 km/h (12 mph)
• Fine (0) : 68€
• License points loss : 1 point
• License suspension : none
if however the speed limit is lower than 50 km/h (31 mph)
• Fine (1) : 135€
• License points loss : 1 point
• License suspension : none
Speeding between 20 km/h and 30 km/h (12 mph to 19 mph)
• Fine (1) : 135€
• License points loss: 2 points
• License suspension (2) : none
Speeding between 30 km/h and 40 km/h (19 mph to 25 mph)
• Fine (1) : 135€
• License points loss: 3 points
• License suspension (2) : 3 years
Speeding between 40 km/h and 50 km/h (25 mph to 31 mph)
• Fine (1) : 135€
• License points loss: 4 points
• License suspension (2) : 3 years
Speeding by more than 50 km/h (31 mph)
• Fine (2) : 1500€
• License points loss: 6 points
• License suspension (2) : 3 years
Second offence speeding by more than 50 km/h (31 mph)
• Jail (2) : 3 months
• Fine (2) : 3750€
• License points loss: 6 points
• License suspension (2) : 3 years

(0) The fine is 68€, however if paid in less than 15 days it is 45€ and if paid in more than 45 days it is 180€. The maximum possible being 450€, (if it goes into trial).
(1) The fine is 135€, however if paid in less than 15 days it is 90€, and if paid in more than 45 days it is 375€. The maximum possible being 750€ (if it goes into trial).
(2) maximum.

Speed limits:
These are implemented rigorously. Radar traps are frequent. In France, anyone caught travelling at more than 25km/h above the speed limit can have their licence confiscated on the spot.

Motorways = 130km/h (110km/h if wet)
Dual Carriageways = 110km/h (100km/h if wet)
Open Road = 90kph (80km/h if wet)
Towns = 50 km/h.Paris Ring Road = 80 km/h.

A new speed limit of 80 km/h on Motorways has been introduced; this applies when visibility is less than 50 metres.

There is a minimum speed limit of 80 km/h (or 50 mph) for the Outside Lane on motorways, during daylight, on level ground, and with good visibility

Visitors who've held their licence for less than one year must always observe a 90 kph (56 mph) speed limit.

TRAFFIC NEWS IS AVAILABLE ON 107.7FM (AUTOROUTE FM), IN ENGLISH, FRENCH & SPANISH. BETWEEN TRAFFIC INFORMATION BROADCASTS IT PLAYS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD POPULAR MUSIC AND GIVE USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROADS (LIKE WHY ROADSIGNS ARE NOT LIT, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE, APPARENTLY).

As we have been asked many times about Tolls on Autoroutes, we have included some links that will provide some assistance:


http://www.asf.fr/control/index.aspx?alias=Internet2007Anglais.home ASF & ESCOTA Networks

www.aprr.fr/fr AREA Network

 

https://www.sanef.com/#!/  SANEF/SAPN
A final thought: If you’re English, try to avoid asking the French for directions. They’re not adverse to playing a few games with you.

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