New Driving Regulations In France From July 1, 2015

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  1. Don Quixote

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    After a 3.7% increase in road deaths in 2014, new rules regarding driving in France come into force on 1 July, 2015. 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.

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    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)
     
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    :thanks3:

    Most of it doesn't apply to us anyway and Alan certainly doesn't fix his lippy while driving :giggler:
     
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  3. gus-lopez

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    Every time they introduce new ones the rate of deaths goes up. The other year it was the breathalyser one, +1350 fine for wandering across the inside white line or watching tv ,film on lap top. etc:
     
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    Thank you very much Don Quixote, this kind of information on its own, justifies being a member of Motorhome Fun!
     
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    Does anyone really disagree with the idea?

    I know we all criticise when "our freedoms are interfered with". I know I do.

    However, if looked at logically most of them make sense. My only objection is the "eating a sandwich" one. Looks as if I will have to eat quiche from now on!:whistle:
     
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  6. Stealaway

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    As this is my normal hands free method and now illegal. What do you do?
     
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    Er, don't answer the phone while driving? Pull over and call them back if you think it is important. Or given this is about France call them back at the end of your holiday. :)
     
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  8. Stealaway

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    I hear yo bro ---- but I do get free calla in France with 3
     
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    Turn your bloody phone off.
    you only think you need it, you dont.
    missed calls and messages will still be there when you stop and can respond.

    20 years ago you didnt have a mobile and you survived a few hours driving.
     
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    Pull over AND TURN OFF the engine as it is still counted as driving, even in a layby and handbrake on.
     
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    Assuming you aren't fishing... For a small amount on Amazon you can buy a Bluetooth FM transmitter that doubles as a charger. This connects to your phone by Bluetooth and your car stereo by FM. Let's you play music and satnav through the stereo from your phone as well.

    I disagree with erosion of freedom but I do think the only safe way to use a phone in the car is totally hands free
     
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    It's all right for some.
    But - I have a business to run. I can have a good amount of holidays IF I keep in contact. That is the advantage of modern technology and mobile phones.
     
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    Push the "answer phone" button on my stereo, since it paired via bluetooth to my phone, strangely ironic that that is still legal!
     
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    Is listening through an ear piece more distracting than listening through the radio speakers?
     
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    Tell your staff only to phone at certain time! job done still in business.:rolleyes:
     
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    That would be nice but you cant tell customers that.
     
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    We run our business from mobiles and find that people are perfectly Ok about a call back.

    They'll also get a better response when you ve had time to think about it.

    Im all for banning headphones but think that ban should also be for pedestrians and cyclists. You cannot listen to music and pick up on whats going on around you.
     
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    Negating stupidity isn't erosion of freedom

    (y)(y)(y)
     
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    If your business is so successful then buy a proper Bluetooth hands free kit.
     
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    Apparently so according to the French authorities. I suspect that they can't ban bluetooth paired stereos, since they are standard fit in a lot of new cars.
    But seriously, any method of holding a phone conversation whilst driving is not particularly safe, my conversations tend to consist of "Hello, I'm driving at the moment, can I call you back?"
     
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