Touring advice - Traffic laws in France

By James Mostyn -

Touring & travel

 04 June 2009 14:34

A road trip to France can be excellent fun, before you set off you should be aware of the laws regarding the roads. This list isn't exhaustive but it should help you spend more time riding and less time talking to the Police.

• EU driving licence holders that exceed the speed limit by over 40 km/h will have their licenses confiscated on the spot by the police.
• Fines are also on-the-spot and between 90 and 135 euros.
• In built-up areas give way to traffic coming from the right.
• At roundabouts signed: "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage" traffic on the roundabout has priority; if there are no signs, traffic entering the roundabout has priority.
• Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.
• Radar detectors can get you a 1500 euro fine and your bike seized.

Speed Limits
• 31 mph (50 km/h) in built-up areas
• 55 mph (90 km/h) outside built-up areas
• 68 mph (110 km/h) on urban motorways and dual carriageways
• 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways.
• 49mph (80km/h) minimum speed-limit on motorways

Lower speed limits apply in wet weather and to visiting motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years.
• 49 mph (80 km/h) outside built-up areas
• 62 mph (100 km/h) on dual carriageways and
• 68 mph (110 km/h) on motorways