If you are driving in France any time soon you will need to be aware of these new laws that come into force on July 1st 2015:
Break the following new rules and you can be fined and get points:
- Driving under the influence of drugs - 4,500€ fine and 6 points
- Drink driving is already against the law but now the limits for new drivers i.e. anyone who took their test less than 3 years ago has been reduced from 0.5g/l to 0.2g/l - break this and expect a fine of 4,500€ and 6 points
- Watching a screen that is not a driving aid - so it's OK to use a Sat Nav but not watch a DVD - 1,500€ fine and 3 points
- Texting - 135€ fine and 3 points
- Using headphones (both external and in-ear types). This includes cyclists and only using one earphone - 135€ fine and 3 points
- Not wearing your seatbelt - 135€ fine and 3 points
- Smoking with a minor on board - this law has yet to be passed but it is believed it will be very soon - 68€ fine and points yet to be announced. I am guessing this law will apply to anyone in the car, not just the driver.
These new laws could get you a 75€ fine depending on the discretion of the police officer who catches you:
- Eating a sandwich ... I am not sure if this law applies to all foods though. Is a sweet OK for example? Maybe some-one better informed can advise me.
- Rummaging in the glove compartment
- Listening to overly loud music that means you cannot hear normal road noises
- Applying make-up, even if you are stuck in a traffic jam.
For further information on driving in France please do pop on over and read this blog I wrote recently - it could save you getting caught breaking the law and should help making your driving in France easier.