Post by Jennifer and Stephen McGuigan on Mar 27, 2012 14:21:09 GMT
Driving in France: New rules and regulations
If you like to take your vehicle for an occasional tour de France, then be warned. Because from 1st July 2012 all drivers visiting the country will require to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicle at all times. If a driver ignores the new rules, then a fine could be enforced. Single-user breathalyser kits will be enough to satisfy the new rules. They cost between £1 and £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings at France. The breathalysers have been made a requirement so that people can test themselves against the legal French alcohol limit while driving. This is stricter than it is in the UK with a limit of 50 mg per 100 ml of blood being allowed (80 mg limit in UK). The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is recommending motorists visiting France to keep two breathalysers on them at all times. This allows you to have a spare in case one is used and then the police stop you. When driving in France, UK motorists are also required to display a GB plate and adjust their headlights to the right. Learn more at: www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/driving-abroad-whats-new-2012.html
You should also be aware of the following which has been taken from the Garmin Website,
French Safety Cameras: New Legislation for 2012
Travelling in France? IMPORTANT: Please be aware of a change in French law effective from 3 January 2012 regarding the use of speed and safety camera locations. Questions and Answers
Q1: On the web I read that there’s a new law regarding the use of safety camera warnings in France. What’s it all about?
A1: On 3 January 2012 the French government issued a new law that effectively bans all systems that are able to provide warnings of safety cameras (aka speed cameras). This law includes all sat nav based systems. With immediate effect it has become illegal for anyone travelling in France to have any speed camera warnings on any device across the entire territory of France.
Q2: I have heard that Garmin GPS devices will no longer warn drivers about safety cameras when travelling in France. Is this correct?
A2: New Garmin sat nav systems sold in France will no longer detect the location of safety cameras but rather warn the driver of danger zones. This is in agreement with the new French law released on 3 January 2012 so that all Garmin devices sold to French customers are 100% legal.
UK customers who are travelling in France should disable their French safety camera database before arriving on French territory.
Yeah, I completely agree about going around the lakes. Even when I shared this with my cousin who works for a DUI attorney Los Angeles he couldn’t stop this laughter as he feels this is something which can’t be done al-together.