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On an icy roads:
Do not make sudden manoeuvres, changes of direction, accelerate or brake suddenly.
Anticipate the risks: Watch out for icy patches especially under bridges, near rivers, in shady or humid areas.
Reduce your speed and allow longer for your journey.
NEW SAFETY MEASURES
It is obligatory from 1st July 2008 for all drivers to carry a fluorescent yellow tabard and a warning triangle in their vehicles. The tabard MUST be worn when a vehicle is immobilized by the roadside.
The warning triangle MUST be positioned at least 30 metres from the rear of the vehicle. This measure already is effective in numerous European countries.
Only the two wheeled vehicles and the bikes are exempt from the equipment. Failure to comply leaves the driver open to an “on-the-spot” fine of 135 Euros.
As from September 1, 2008, all cyclists will have to wear a reflecting waistcoat at night except in towns and cities.
Tolls are set to increase by an inflation-busting average of 0.76% early next year, with motorists in the south braced to bear the brunt of the increases.
Tolls on the Autoroutes du Sud de France (ASF) network, which is managed by Vinci, will increase by 1.2%, on February 1, 2017 to fund improvements to the A89, which connects Bordeaux and Lyon.
Drivers using the Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR) network can expect increases of nearly 1%; and tolls will increase by nearly 0.6% on both the Société des Autoroutes de Paris Normandie (SAPN) and Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l'Est de la France (Sanef) roads.
SPEED CAMERAS 2017
Things have changed.....
There are now over 150 unmarked police vehicles equipped with onboard speed cameras. Most of these - but not all nor always - patrol on motorways, or other trunk routes, but they are now operating on minor roads as well. Since recording speed from a moving vehicle is not quite a perfect art, there is a slight tolerance; but vehicles clocked at over 140 Km/h in a 130 stretch of motorway are liable to get a ticket and may be pulled over for an on-the-spot fine.
In the first fifteen months after their introduction in 2013, these mobile speed cameras issued 270,000 speeding tickets... and there were less than 100 cars during most of those months.
Most of the cameras are on board unmarked Renault Mégane, Citroën Berlingo or Peugeot 208 police cars, so they are not easy to detect - apart from the fact that the cars tend to be very clean, specially the windows. However, drivers are unlikely to notice one until it's too late, if they notice them at all. Thanks to new technology, these new speed camera cars can even flash vehicles going in the opposite direction . So be warned! Observe speed limits, and you won't have any problems !