The national speed-limit on ordinary roads (i.e. excluding divided highways and motorways) will go down from 90 km/hr to 80 km/hr, as from July 1st. Motorway speed limit will remain at 130km/hr and dual carriageways at 110 km/hr.

HANDS FREE mobile-phone use is banned in France.

Regarding the use of a mobile phone while driving, it may from now on lead to immediate suspension of the driver’s license. Be warned !

The new rule applies to all hands-free phones using a headset, bluetooth or wired. Drivers caught using a mobile phone while on the road in France are liable to an on-the-spot fine of 135 Euros and 3 penalty points (if they have a French driving license) and from 2018 an immediate suspension of their license (regardless of nationality).

Statistics show that phoning at the wheel increases the risk of accident by a factor of three. The only type of mobile phone now legal to use in France while driving is one that is entirely hands-free and headphone free, linked to your vehicle computer.