Speed limits in France

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  1. dmurton

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    In France at present can anyone give me correct speed limits thought it was
    30 towns
    70 single roads
    90 dual carriageway

    All Kmh
    Would very much appreciate anyone's help
    Derek
     
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    Most roads have speed limits posted on them, but towns and villages are generally 50kmh, single carriageway roads 90 and dual carriageways 110. Other speed limits may be posted on the roads. If you have one of the later satnavs, speed limits for the road you are on should be shown.
    Of course, it also depends whether your van is under or over 3500kg. Lower limits apply to over 3500kg on dual carriageways and motorways.
     
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    It will depend on your vans weight.
    Towns 50 then quite often down to 30 in the centre. Town sign will have a red border to denote 50 limit.
    Single track roads 90 - 80 if >3.5t
    dual carriageways 110 - 90 if >3.5t
    motorways 130 - 110 if >3.5t
     
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    I thought it was 90 for single carriageways whatever the weight, and 100 if over 3500kg on dual carriageways. 110 otherwise.
    110 over 3500 on motorways, 130 if below 3500kg.
     
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    The french, like the spanish have a devious method of making sure that you do not speed through their towns and villages.
    At the start of the urbanisation they install a set of traffic lights. The sensor for those lights triggers the lights to turn to red on your approach. The lights will not change until you come to a shuddering halt.
    Invariably, there's nothing coming out of side road where these lights are.
    It's just their way of saying "Welcome" "Slow Down" "Chill"
     
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    Clive's post above is correct....

    Though if you only travel at 80 on the important cross country routes you just become a moving chicane for the '000s of lorries coming along behind you..

    The French don't so much have traffic lights to slow you down but speed bumbs especially near schools....
     
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    This site makes for some good reading, about-france.com/driving.htm#laws have a good read(y)
     
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    You mean of course KM PH not MPH. BUSBY.:):)
     
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    I believe the speed limits have changed for vehicles over 3050kg unladen weights, by about 10km less.
    Therefore 90km would now be 80km for vehicles over that unladen weight. The 50km speed limit would remain the same.
     
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    Quite agree, my van can be 3500 or 3850 depending on the situation (y) another little fact I found out if you're >3500 you must leave 150 meters between you and the vehicle in front :eek:
     
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    Sometimes..... I really wonder where you lot get your info from. Can you send me the FRENCH link to that...new regulation, please. No English site please as most never up date or seem to like letting you think wrong things just to take advantage (thinking of breathalysers here!) I have tried to find it and ....nothing. Thank you!

    Amicalement

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    http://www.permispratique.com/Bien-...orquage-depuis-la-reforme-de-2013_a290_2.html

    This is the official site for youngsters learning French regulations in order to sit their driving licence exam. This is the only new regulation I could find about speed limits, and it is only for trailers, motorhomes are not concerned. My concern would be more on : Is a fifth wheel a trailer or a motorhome!? I would go for TRAILER as 2 different weights to take into consideration.
     
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    Don't they just !

    A 30 sign and if you are not paying attention WHAM and up into the air you go. Just as bad on the way down, like a ski slope.

    And lots and LOTS of them.

    Quite a few cameras but we did not spot a single manned speed trap.
     
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    Reading the 'permis pratique' what is the definition of

    • les routes à caractère prioritaire
    Is that a RN or Dual Carriageway?

    Thanks
     
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    We have them & there aren't any side roads. Just lights in middle of nowhere.:LOL:

    & here, for all vehicles under 3,5T it is 100m space.
     
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    So a single carriageway speed limit for a motorhome over 3.5 tonnes is 90 kph as I said earlier? ( unless otherwise signed)
     
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    I think (?) I heard somewhere that these are actually speed related and if you exceed the speed limit the lights WILL turn red.......

    It strikes me as a good idea (even if it is not real) and of course if it is real ...... you were speeding :rolleyes:
     
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    These have a special sign when they are having priority, and stands where the priority starts. It is a yellow sign
    Here is the link to it, scroll down a bit , it comes second


    http://www.anirom.com/panneaux/priorite.html

    Edit: @moulin 87 I forgot to say that any type of road can be a "route prioritaire" as long as the sigh shows so!
     
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