DRIVING IN France … WHAT’S FORBIDDEN …

  Perhaps you will be driving in France this summer? If so, know that France’s Ministry of the Interior, determined to cut down our road deaths, has implemented several new regulations for those behind the wheel. Here is a list under Art R. 412-6 of the French Penal Code of what someone driving is not […]

Driving outside Arras, Northern France. (cc Marilyn Z Tomlins)

Driving outside Arras, Northern France. (cc Marilyn Z Tomlins)

 

Perhaps you will be driving in France this summer?

If so, know that France’s Ministry of the Interior, determined to cut down our road deaths, has implemented several new regulations for those behind the wheel.

Here is a list under Art R. 412-6 of the French Penal Code of what someone driving is not allowed to do.

Absolutely forbidden:

  1. Being under the influence of drugs. The fine is €4500 and if you are resident in France you will lose 6 points on your driving license. (£3210 / $5085)
  2. Be on a mobile (cell) phone. The fine is €135 and for a resident of France the loss of 3 points on the driving licence. (£96 / $153)
  3. Having earphones on. The fine is €135 and as with a mobile (cell) phone, the loss of 3 points on the driving licence. (£96 / $153)
  4. Having ore than 0,5 g of alcohol per 2 litres of blood. (For a novice driver the limit is 0,2 g.) The fine is €4500 and for a resident of France the loss of 6 points on the driving licence. (£3210 / $5085)
  5. Not fastening your seatbelt. The fine is €135 and the loss of 3 points on your driving licence if you are a resident of France. (£96 / $153)
  6. Smoking of there is a child under the age of 15 in the car. (This regulation is still being studied in Parliament, but should it pass, the fine will be €68. (£49 / $78)
  7. Looking at a screen other than that of a gps. The fine will be €1500 with a loss of 3 points on the driving licence for a resident of France. (£1070 / $1695)

 

The following too are forbidden but the fine will depend on the cop who stops you.

 

  1. Applying make-up, even when sitting in a traffic jam or having stopped at traffic lights.
  2. Fiddling in the glove box or under the seat.
  3. Listening to loud music. (The law says that this makes it impossible to hear other cars. And if you do so at night you will further be fined with causing a disturbance. In France it is forbidden to make a noise between 10 pm and 6 am.

 

What I will tell you next you may find amusing, but this too is forbidden under Art R.412-6.

You are not allowed to engage in sex or any sex play when driving a car because the driver must at all times be in full control of the vehicle.

The fine for breaking this regulation can be between €135 and €15,000 because you will also be breaking the public decency laws. You can even go to jail for a year! (Between £96 / $153 and £10700 / $16950)

Happy driving!

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “DRIVING IN France … WHAT’S FORBIDDEN …”

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    Susie Kelly Says:

    All seems like common sense to me, Marilyn.

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