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Message 1401510 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 16:42:28 UTC

August is obviously anti Britain month. Now France is stepping up watch on British drivers.

Maximum speed on motorway is 130km/h (80 mph)
On-the-spot fine of 90 euros if driver goes up to 40km/h over limit
If speed breaks limit by more than 40km/h, police can seize car and demand 750-euro fine
Driver must have a reflective jacket and warning triangle in car - fine can be 90 euros if either is missing

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Message 1401518 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 17:06:30 UTC - in response to Message 1401510.
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August is obviously anti Britain month. Now France is stepping up watch on British drivers.

Maximum speed on motorway is 130km/h (80 mph)
On-the-spot fine of 90 euros if driver goes up to 40km/h over limit
If speed breaks limit by more than 40km/h, police can seize car and demand 750-euro fine
Driver must have a reflective jacket and warning triangle in car - fine can be 90 euros if either is missing

French checking British drivers

It's not all as bad as it seems. Five of my work colleagues last month spent a
week touring France, with their motorbikes, plus wives. The only time they
had any face on contact with the police there was because one of police officers
was a motorbike enthusiast himself. During discussions with this officer it
turned out that they did not need to carry their own breathalyser kits with
them on their bikes because carrying them never became law.
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Message 1401523 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 17:23:27 UTC
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spent a week touring France, with their motorbikes, plus wives.

Love the order of that quote, wives were the optional extras were they? ;-)) Ordinary French Gendarmes are perfectly OK, it's their motorway police with guns that are the nasty ones, met them before.

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Message 1401525 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 17:35:05 UTC

Love the order of that quote, wives were the optional extras were they? ;-))

I couldn't possibly say??

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Message 1401544 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 18:52:58 UTC - in response to Message 1401523.

spent a week touring France, with their motorbikes, plus wives.

Love the order of that quote, wives were the optional extras were they? ;-)) Ordinary French Gendarmes are perfectly OK, it's their motorway police with guns that are the nasty ones, met them before.


So have I & many times at that. Not once had I a bad experience. Unfortunately I've had more nastiness from our own police & the VOSA jobsworths!
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Message 1401557 - Posted: 10 Aug 2013, 19:53:00 UTC

Looks like for once, the Frenchies got something right.

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Message 1401702 - Posted: 11 Aug 2013, 7:06:50 UTC

If you mean their driving laws maybe you are right, but 70mph is fine for the UK given the traffic levels, and most do 80mph anyway. I've never driven on French motorways so I don't know how relevant their limit is. From 80-105mph you get a £77 fine,and over 105mph you lose the car and get a £650 fine. That last one seems a bit draconian unless the car is auctioned and the proceeds returned. I listed them out as I didn't know about the one regarding jackets and triangles.

If they tried those rules over here, people would moan about their human rights!

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Message 1401709 - Posted: 11 Aug 2013, 7:26:16 UTC - in response to Message 1401702.

Unfortunately they are here, at least for HGV's. There are some sites that on arriving, no hi-vis, no entry simple as that.
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Message 1402537 - Posted: 13 Aug 2013, 8:03:46 UTC

Hi vis for commercial and industrial sites, with hard hats as necessary has been around for a long time, and is a sensible measure given the processes and procedures going on. I actually have a hi vis in the boot of my car, and it came with a fold out warning triangle as part of the toolkit when new. There are many cases each year where people break down on the hard shoulder, and then get killed by passing traffic. The rule is supposed to be that if you break down, you get the vehicle onto the emergency hard shoulder, then abandon it and go to the other side of the barrier and await help. I think it would do no harm to make it law here but I just foresee resistance to it.

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Message 1403150 - Posted: 14 Aug 2013, 19:10:36 UTC

Usual frenchie stuff ...
https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=48.825183,2.1985795&z=18&hl=en&t=h
Where's the runway?

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