When driving in France you are required by law to carry the following items:
- Reflective jackets (one for each occupant, these must be kept inside the vehicle within easy reach)
- Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)
- Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
- Breathalysers/alcohol test (as of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an €11 fine for not carrying one has been postponed indefinitely, however, law still states that drivers of motor vehicles and motorcyclist must have an alcotest ready for use in their vehicle even though no penalty will be imposed if they cannot present one during a police road check)
- Irish registration plates incorporating the IRL/European Union symbol make display of a conventional sticker unnecessary while driving within Europe.
- Spare bulbs - by law you’re also mandated to carry a spare bulb kit for your vehicle, as the French police deem it necessary to replace it there and then on the grounds of safety. For a few pounds to buy a kit, you could avoid unwanted attention and a fine.
Important Information for Driving
Speed Limits in France
||Built up areas
||Outside built up areas
||Urban Motorways / Dual Carriageways
|Wet weather or novice driver
Motorway Tolls in France
French motorways are operated by a variety of private companies, with most featuring tolls. Tolls can be paid in cash or with a Mastercard or Visa card. (Maestro and Electron debit cards are not accepted
Visiting motorists should be warned that some French police authorities are authorised to impose and collect fines on the spot up to €750 from drivers who violate traffic regulations.