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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in France. Drivers should be aware that the requirement to carry a breathalyser test is no longer valid. However, drivers should be aware of the lower alcohol limit permitted in France.
Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
•6.2 per 100,000 of population
Minimum age for drivers
Maximum speed limit
Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
Equipment required in car
•A warning triangle
•Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlights, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps
•Drivers aren't required to carry a spare set of lights, but they may be fined if a bulb stops working and there is no replacement
•From July 1, 2012 drivers must carry at least one breathalyser test that conforms to French NF kitemark standards. Update:This law has been suspended and drivers will not be fined for failing to carry a test kit.
Documentation to be carried
•Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
•Original registration document, or hire-car paperwork
•Motor insurance policy
•A GB sticker on the back of the vehicle unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted
•Seatbelts to be worn by all vehicle occupants
•Drivers have to pay motorway tolls in France
On the spot fines issued
•Forbidden - and this includes having a speed camera alert function on your sat-nav. Faillure to comply could result in a fine of up to 1500 (around 1200)
This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.
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