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New driving regulations in France from July 1, 2015

New driving regulations in France from July 1, 2015

After a 3.7% increase in road deaths in 2014, new rules regarding driving in France come into force on 1 July, 2015. We explain the details so you won't be caught out...

The rules are split into two categories, those that have an automatic points deduction and fine, and those that are up to the discretion of the enforcing Officer.


Fine & Points deduction

  • Be under the influence of drugs: 4,500€ fine + 6 points
  • Alcohol limits are 0.5g/l but have been reduced to 0.2g/l for new drivers (who passed their test less than 3 years ago): 4,500€ fine + 6 points
  • Watching a screen which is not a driving aid (e.g. watching a DVD): 1500€ fine + 3 points 
  • Manipulating your phone (e.g. texting): 135€ fine + 3 points
  • Using headphones (in ear or external): 135€ fine + 3 points
    (Note that this applies to all road users including cyclists, and also includes using a single earphone.)
  • Not wearing your seatbelt: 135€ fine + 3 points
  • Smoking with a minor on board (this regulation still has to be passed by Parliament but is expected to be passed): 68€ fine 


Fine only (at Officer's discretion)

  • Eating a sandwich
  • Searching in the glove box
  • Listening to loud music that will interfere with you hearing the normal road noises (and at night, with the window open)
  • Applying make-up (even in a traffic-jam)