French Speed Limits if over 3.5t

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  1. Westerham Womble

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    Since the change last June I’d be grateful if someone can confirm the correct speed limits on the various classes of road. Sure it’s been done to death but I can’t find all the info
    Some is easy ie Autoroutes 110kph
    But RN dual carriageways signposted 110kph ?
    3 lane roads when 2 lanes are for traffic in your direction and signposted 90kph ?
    I thought everyone was limited to 80kph on all other roads out of towns where not marked lower, but are vehicles over 3.5t now limited to 70kph ?

    I am struggling to find the answer, now Monsieur Plod has access to DVLA I really don’t want to receive a letter some months later.
     
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    Here ya go...
    Note third box down and lower limits for motorhomes over 3500kg !!!!!
    Also be aware that some no overtaking signs may show a truck picture, so your ok to overtake but some show a red car and a limit of 3.5t.. My understanding is no overtaking by any vehicle more than 3500kg.. I used the N10 and A63 on route to Spain and you see this on a few sections.

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    Yes but isn't that Spanish Steve?
    Believe the OP wants to know about France. Are they the same? I didn't think so.
     
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    This is my thinking, but I am willing to be proved wrong......

    110 on a motorway where it allows 130.
    100 on dual carriageway roads where it allows 110.
    80kmh on single carriageway roads unless a higher limit is posted. ( generally 90 where you have two lanes your side or there is a physical barrier between carriageways.
    50 through towns and villages, and I did read that you are still limited to 50 even when the signs show 70. But I have never been able to corroborate that.
     
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    RN dual carriageway is 90kph unless otherwise signed some are 80 for 3.5t and over the N10 being one for 120km 100 for cars and small vans AND NO OVERTAKING if 3.5T or over
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I did think we were limited to 80kph on motorways in Spain ?

    The dear old C&MC show Motorhomes >3.5t restricted to 70kph on their website hence my confusion.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a definitive EU list somewhere, mind you seems we won’t have that control after 2022 so someone has to collate the info or that’ll be another excuse for a big queue at the Chunnel
     
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    Looks to be but as far as i know the Spanish followed the French and put same limits in place..

    I had a "flash" on the A63 south of Bordeaux a few weeks ago, so waiting to see what happens there. :(
     
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    I found the following on the caravan guard website which may help.

    Section I) For vehicles towing a caravan (or trailer) where the vehicle has a gross train mass of less than 3.5 tonne and for a solo motorhome which has a gross vehicle weight under 3.5 tonne; unless otherwise signposted and on dry roads the speed limit in kilometres per hour (kph) is: –

    • On autoroutes (motorway) 130kph (80mph); (reduce to 110kph (68mph) in adverse weather or rain)
    • On dual carriageways and autoroutes without tolls 110kph (68mph); (reduce to 100kph (62mph) in adverse weather or rain)
    • Single carriageway roads without a central reservation separator 80kph (50mph); (reduce to 70kph in adverse weather or rain) This came into effect from July 1st 2018.
    • In towns 50kph (31mph). The town name starts the limit; a red diagonal bar through the town name is the derestriction sign.
    Section II) A solo motorhome which has a gross vehicle weight over 3.5 tonne; unless otherwise signposted and on dry roads the speed limit in kilometres per hour is: –

    • On autoroutes (motorway) 110kph (68mph);
    • On dual carriageways 100kph (62mph);
    • Single carriageway 80kph (50mph);
    • In towns 50kph (31mph). The town name starts the limit; a horizontal bar through the town name is the derestriction sign.

    Section III) If a motorhome has a trailer, then the speed limit will be based on the gross train mass, the same as a vehicle towing a caravan.

    For example:
    Ford Focus Style 5 door 1.8 Duratec
    Gross Vehicle Weight: 1895kg
    Towing Limit: 1160kg
    Gross Train Mass: 2995kg (i.e. under 3.5 tonne see Section I)

    Volvo X590 D5 manual
    Gross Vehicle Weight: 2740kg
    Towing Limit: 2250kg
    Gross Train Mass: 4990kg (i.e. over 3.5 tonne see Section IV)

    Section IV) Any vehicle which has a gross train mass over 3.5 tonne, towing a trailer or caravan; unless otherwise signposted and on dry roads the speed limit in kilometres per hour is: –

    • On autoroutes (motorway) 90kph (55mph);
    • On dual carriageways 90kph (55mph);
    • Single carriageway 80kph (50mph);
    • In towns 50kph (31mph). The town name starts the limit; a horizontal bar through the town name is the derestriction sign.
    There is an element of confusion amongst the French authorities on whether 80 and 90 “speed” stickers should be displayed on the rear of the vehicle, including motorhomes, towing at the lower limits. It appears that the stickers are not mandatory, but the speed limits are compulsory.
     
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    Confusing isn’t it? Lots of conflicting information available everywhere.
    I took my info from a French motorhome magazine, which confirms ChrisL’s and my info.

    • Speed Limitations: Heavy truck Motorhomes ( over 3500kg) are subject to special rules . Among others, the limitation to 110 km / h on the motorway, 100 km / h on the four-lane roads separated by a median, and 50km / h in the city, even if a sign authorizes the limitation to 70 km / h.
    • Prohibition of traffic on certain roads , indicated by a sign. Beware, heavy truck motorhomes are not subject to the prohibition of goods vehicles (a drawing of a truck is on the panel). But well to the panel mentioning a limit of PTAC: for example, a "5 t" in a white disc with red edge.
    I am assuming the 70kph reference is correct though I have never seen an HGV taking any notice of the lower speed unless there is a specific sign mentioning over 3.5 ton vehicles
     
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    All I can see so far in the 'Code de la route' on Legifrance (Highway Code)

    Article R413-8-1 En savoir plus sur cet article...
    Modifié par Décret n°2008-754 du 30 juillet 2008 - art. 17
    Toutefois, la vitesse des véhicules visés à l'article R. 413-8 qui sont destinés au transport de personnes et dont le poids total autorisé en charge est supérieur à 3,5 tonnes et inférieur ou égal à 12 tonnes est limitée à :

    1° 110 km / h sur les autoroutes ;

    2° 100 km / h sur les routes à deux chaussées séparées par un terre-plein central lorsqu'elles sont à caractère prioritaire et signalées comme telles ;

    3° 80 km / h sur les autres routes.

    This is a section of the speed limits (R413) for vehicles over 3.5t but designed to transport people.
     
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    Just driven back from Spain and Portugal through France and 4500kg and towing max is 90kph and on single carriageway and some sections of peage 80kph and of course the obligatory 50 kph in built up areas.
    Didn’t have any problems not a single flash.;););)
     
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    I had one a couple of days ago, just leaving Nonancourt, justified because it did have a warning sign, but as it was the start of a dual carriageway I assumed it to be 110+, as it was a few yards further on, don't know why they do that. I was just daudling along behind a lorry at 60mph, which must have also been flashed. I am expecting a nasty letter. The other time was nearer Calais, I was within speed limit for under 3.5t but assume it thought I was above 3.5t. These days you've almost got to expect being caught out on any long trip in France, they are so sneeky. You can do 90kph where single width opens up to two lanes for a short stretch on one side of the road, presumably to help overtaking, or occasionally after a roundabout . It's so difficult to keep within the constantly changing limits.
     
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    Not correct , it has changed a lot since 2008
    I can't help right now with baby on my lap
     
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    I noticed a lot extra signs with just the 3.5t and no pictogram of a truck last year
    AND a lot of extra speed cameras set for HGV covering the outside lanes of dual carriageway RN and saw a lot being set off by speeding truckers (from Spain and Portugal) whilst the French guys were sticking to the lower limits which really surprised me
     
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    Extract from Lemondeducampingcar.fr for licences and speed limits in France, make of it as you will.

    http://www.lemondeducampingcar.fr/p...-savoir-sur-les-camping-cars-poids-lourd.html

    Permis de conduire
    Pour conduire un camping-car poids lourd, plusieurs options sont possibles

    • Dérogation B79: les conducteurs dotés d'un permis B datant d'avant le 20 janvier 1975 peuvent conduire un camping-car poids lourd sans autre formalité qu'une déclaration administrative. Particularité: avec la dérogation B79, il n'y a pas de limitation. On peut conduire un camping-car de 12 tonnes.
    • Permis C1: permet de conduire un camping-car dont le PTAC est inférieur ou égal à 7,5 tonnes. Son renouvellement est soumis à un examen médical.
    • Permis C: le permis poids lourd, le vrai, celui des pros. Il est soumis lui aussi à visite médicale.
    La circulation des camping-cars poids lourds
    • Limitations de vitesse: les poids lourd sont soumis à des règles particulières. Entre autres, la limitation à 110 km/h sur autoroute, 100 km/h sur les routes à quatre voies séparées par un terre-plein, et 50km/h en ville, même dans le cas où un panneau autorise la limitation à 70 km/h.
    • L'interdiction de circulation sur certaines voies, signalée par un panneau. Attention, les camping-cars poids lourd ne sont pas soumis à l'interdiction des véhicules de transport de marchandises (un dessin représentant un camion figure sur le panneau). Mais bien au panneau mentionnant une limite de PTAC: par exemple, un "5 t" dans un disque blanc à bord rouge.
    Le poids lourd à l'étranger
    Les camping-cars poids lourd peuvent bien sûr circuler à l'étranger. N'oubliez pas de vous documenter, avant de partir, sur les limitations de vitesse propres aux pays que vous traverserez. Autre conseil de prudence: les camping-caristes détenteurs de la dérogation B79 doivent se renseigner selon leur destination. Si les pays de l'Union européenne la reconnaissent, la Norvège a longuement hésité avant de l'accepter (lire notre article). Sous d'autres latitudes, de nombreux camping-caristes français ont circulé au Maroc à bord d'un poids lourd avec leur permis d'avant 1975. Mais on n'a jamais réussi à obtenir de réponse officielle des autorités marocaines à cette question. Sur les forums, certains camping-caristes racontent avoir été contrôlés, et pas sanctionnés.
     
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    Or In English ;-

    Driver's license
    To drive a heavy-duty motorhome, several options are possible

    Exemption B79: drivers with a B license dating from before 20 January 1975 may drive a motorhome truck without any other formality than an administrative declaration. Particularity: with the derogation B79, there is no limitation. You can drive a motorhome of 12 tons.
    Permit C1: allows driving a motorhome whose gross vehicle weight is less than or equal to 7.5 tonnes. Its renewal is subject to a medical examination.
    Permit C: the heavyweight license, the real one, that of the pros. He is also subject to medical examination.

    The circulation of heavy trucks

    Speed Limitations: HGVs are subject to special rules. Among others, the limitation to 110 km / h on the motorway, 100 km / h on the four-lane roads separated by a median, and 50km / h in the city, even if a sign authorizes the limitation to 70 km / h.
    Prohibition of traffic on certain roads, indicated by a sign. Beware, heavy truck motorhomes are not subject to the prohibition of goods vehicles (a drawing of a truck is on the panel). But well to the panel mentioning a limit of PTAC: for example, a "5 t" in a white disc with red edge.

    The heavyweight abroad
    Heavy-duty motorhomes can of course travel abroad. Do not forget to check, before leaving, on the speed limits specific to the countries you will cross. Another precautionary note: motorhome owners holding exemption B79 must inquire according to their destination. If the countries of the European Union recognize it, Norway hesitated for a long time before accepting it (read our article). In other latitudes, many French camper truckers circulated in Morocco aboard a heavyweight with their license before 1975. But we have never managed to get an official response from the Moroccan authorities to this question. On the forums, some motorhomes say they have been controlled, and not sanctioned.
     
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    Didn't bother translating as most folks have access to the great lord google ...
     
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    Errrr! Where can I get some of that US spray can stuff for number plates that stop them being read?????????????????????????
    It is all down to cameras, I can understand les Gillets going out with sabotage in mind, I have not seen too many patrolling police with cameras.
     
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    Am I the only person to read this thread and feel that there are lots of unmarried, married guidance councillors out there who tap out answers and responses while not actually having a clue as to if the answer that they have given is actually correct?

    It was a general enquiry originally for clarification but there are dozens of confused and contradictory posts from some people who seem not to have a clue. The first response quoting Spanish speed limits in the hope that they are identical to French rules perhaps males my point?

    It would be better if people who actually had some confidence in the factual correctness of their answer wrote posts rather than some of the above total rubbish that has been left as 'facts'.

    Sorry but if you don't know the answer then please don't give your view. Is that unfair or unreasonable? I await the onslaught........

    Have a nice weekend.
     
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