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Driving in France and Monaco
Driving in France and Monaco
(Western Europe)
The regulations below should be read in conjunction
with the General motoring information on pages 18–21.
Drinking and driving
If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is
0.05 per cent or more (0.02 per cent for bus/
coach drivers), severe penalties include fine,
imprisonment and/or confiscation of driving
licence. Saliva tests will be used to detect
drivers under the influence of drugs – severe
penalties are as above.
Driving licence
The minimum age at which a UK licence holder
may drive a temporarily imported car is 18,
a motorcycle (up to 80cc) 16, a motorcycle
(over 80cc) 18.
Fines
On-the-spot fines or ‘deposits’ are severe.
An official receipt should be issued. Vehicles
parking contrary to regulations may be towed
away and impounded.
Fuel
Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane), diesel and
LPG are available. Leaded petrol is no longer
available – lead replacement petrol (super
carburant) is available or a lead-substitute
additive can be bought. Carrying petrol in a
can is permitted, but not aboard ferries or in
Eurotunnel. A new type of fuel, the SP95-E10
(Sans Plomb 95 octane, ethanol 10%: lead-free
95 octane containing 10 per cent of ethanol)
is now sold throughout France. This fuel is
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not suitable for all cars and you should check
with your vehicle manufacturer before using
it. If in doubt use the standard SP95 or SP98
octane unleaded fuel, which continues to be
available alongside the new fuel. Credit cards
are accepted at most filling stations; check with
your card issuer for usage in France and Monaco
before travel. Many automatic petrol pumps are
operated by credit/debit card. However, cards
issued outside France are not always accepted
by these pumps.
Lights
Dipped headlights must be used in poor
daytime visibility. It is highly recommended by
the French government that four-plus wheeled
vehicles use dipped headlights day and night
(this is already compulsory for motorcycles).
Motorcycles
The use of dipped headlights during the day is
compulsory for motorcycles. The wearing of
crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and
passenger of any two-wheel motorised vehicle.
Motor insurance
Third-party insurance is compulsory.
Motorways
See motorway map, page 68. To join a
motorway follow signs with the international
motorway symbol or signs with the words ‘par
France and Monaco
Autoroute’ added. Signs with the words ‘péage’
or ‘par péage’ lead to toll roads. Motorcycles
under 80cc are prohibited. Use green alternative
routes to avoid traffic jams on major highways.
Most motorways charge tolls (see pages
69–70) except on certain sections in the
immediate vicinity of towns such as Paris,
Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Metz.
On the majority of toll motorways in France a
travel ticket is issued on entry and the toll is paid
on leaving the motorway and also at occasional
intermediate points. The travel ticket gives all
relevant information about toll charges, including
the toll category of the vehicle. At the exit point
the ticket is handed in. On some motorways
the toll collection is automatic; ensure you
have the correct change ready to throw in the
collecting basket. If change is required use the
marked separate lane. Note: toll booths will
not exchange traveller’s cheques – ensure you
have sufficient euros with you to meet the high
toll charges (alternatively, credit cards are now
accepted at most toll booths).
It is usually possible to obtain 24-hour service
for a car and/or occupants every 40km
(25 miles). Rest stops, most with toilet facilities,
can be found every 15km (9 miles). Free
emergency telephones are sited every 2km
(1.24 miles) on most motorways.
A baby up to 13kg must be carried in a rearfacing car seat. A child between 9 and 18kg
must be seated in a child seat and a child from
15kg up to 10 years can use a booster seat
with a seat belt or a harness. It is the driver’s
responsibility to ensure all passengers under
18 are appropriately restrained.
Seat belts
It is compulsory for front- and rear-seat
occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
Speed limits
Passengers/children in cars
Children under the age of 10 are not permitted
to travel in the front seat of a vehicle, unless
there are no rear seats or the rear seats are
already occupied with children under 10, or
there are no seat belts. In these circumstances
a child must not be placed in the front seat
with their back to the road if the vehicle is
fitted with a passenger air bag, unless it is
deactivated. They must travel in an approved
child seat or restraint adapted to their size.
The standard legal limits, which may be varied
by signs, for private vehicles without trailers
are: in built-up areas 50km/h (31mph), outside
built-up areas 90km/h (55mph), but 110km/h
(68mph) on urban motorways and dualcarriageways separated by a central reservation
and 130km/h (80mph) on motorways. Lower
speed limits of 80km/h (49mph) outside built-up
areas, 100km/h (62mph) on dual carriageways
and 110km/h (68mph) on motorways apply in
wet weather and to visiting motorists who have
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France and Monaco
held a driving licence for less than two
years. Additionally, speed limits are reduced
on stretches of motorways in built-up areas.
The minimum speed limit on motorways is
80km/h (49mph).
Note: Holders of EU driving licences exceeding
the speed limit by more than 40km/h (25mph)
will have their licences confiscated on the spot
by the police.
Additional information
• It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle
(excludes motorcycles).
• Snow chains must be fitted to vehicles using
snow-covered roads in compliance with the
relevant road sign.
• It is compulsory to carry one reflective
jacket (EN471) in the vehicle. This does not
apply to drivers of two-wheeled and threewheeled vehicles.
• It is recommended that visitors equip their
vehicle with a set of replacement bulbs.
• In built-up areas, give way to traffic coming
from the right – ‘priorité a droite’. At signed
roundabouts bearing signs ‘Vous n’avez pas
la priorité’ or ‘Cédez le passage’ traffic on
the roundabout has priority; where no such
sign exists traffic entering the roundabout
has priority.
• Overtaking stationary trams is prohibited
when passengers are boarding/alighting.
• Parking discs for ‘blue zone’ parking areas
can be obtained from police stations, tourist
offices and some shops.
• In built-up areas the use of the horn is
prohibited except in cases of immediate
danger.
• Any apparatus with a screen that could
distract the driver (such as television, video,
DVD equipment) should be positioned in a
place where the driver is unable to see it.
This excludes GPS systems. It is prohibited to
touch or program the device unless parked in
a safe place.
• It is prohibited to carry, transport or use
radar detectors. Failure to comply with this
regulation involves a fine of up to €1,500, and
the vehicle and/or device may be confiscated.
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Road signs (a selection of standard and non-standard)
Priority
road
End of
priority road
"Priority
road"sign
End ofpriorit
Traffic on the
roundabout
has priority
Bis
GRENOBLE
CHAMB…R Y
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Give way
(9a)
Continuation
of restriction
Continuation of
Give
G R E N O Bway
LE
Bis C H A M B … R Y
restriction
Alternative holiday routes
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Information centre
for holiday route
Information centr
e for holiday
out
France and Monaco
Travel facts: France and Monaco
Atout France/The French Tourist Board
Lincoln House
300 High Holborn
LONDON WC1V 7JH
Tel: 090 68 244 123 (60p per minute at all times)
uk.franceguide.com
Pharmacies
Pharmacies – recognised by their green cross sign
– have highly qualified staff able to offer medical
advice, provide first aid and prescribe a wide range
of drugs, although some are available by prescription
(ordonnance) only.
Banking hours
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to
4.30pm. Some open extended hours including Saturday
morning, but may close on Monday instead. Banks
close at noon on the day before a national holiday, as
well as on the holiday itself.
Post offices
Post offices (bureaux de poste) are well signed, and
generally open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday
8am to noon. In smaller places, opening hours may
be shorter and offices may close for lunch. Main post
offices sometimes stay open until later in the evenings.
Post boxes are yellow.
Credit/debit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted in shops, restaurants
and hotels. Visa (Carte Bleue), MasterCard (Eurocard)
and Diners Club can be used in most ATM cash
dispensers. Some smaller shops and hotels may not
accept credit cards – always check first.
Currency
The currency in France is the euro (€). Euro coins are
issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents
and €1 and €2. Banknotes are issued in denominations
of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
Electricity
The power supply in France is 220 volts. Sockets accept
two-round-pin (or increasingly three-round-pin) plugs,
so an adaptor is needed for most non-continental
appliances. A transformer is needed for appliances
operating on 110–120 volts AC.
Health care
Free or reduced-cost medical treatment is available in
France and Monaco to European visitors on production
of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). See
page 10. Comprehensive travel insurance is still advised
and is essential for all other visitors.
Safe water
It is safe to drink tap water served in hotels and
restaurants, but never drink from a tap marked eau non
potable (not drinking water). Bottled water is cheap and
widely available.
Telephones
All telephone numbers in France comprise 10 digits.
There are no area codes; simply dial the number. In
addition to coin-operated models, an increasing number
of public phones take phone cards (télécartes). These
can be bought from France Telecom shops, post offices,
tobacconists and at railway stations. Some cards give
cheaper overseas calls than standard télécartes, so
ask before you buy if you need to phone abroad. The
country code for France is 33. To call home from France
dial the international code (00) followed by the country
code. To call the UK from France dial 00 44.
Time
France is on Central European Time, one hour ahead
of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 1). From late March,
when clocks are put forward one hour, until late
October, French Summer Time (GMT + 2) operates.
Emergency telephone numbers
Police 17 or 112
Fire 18 or 112
Ambulance 15 or 112
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GB
NL
Legend
Pont de NormandiePonte de Tancarville
Amiens
5E6
E9
Valence
AND
Perpignan
I
E23
E21
12
Nîmes
Alx-en-Provence
Arles
E80
Marseille
E15
Tunnel
de Puymorens
Tunnel du
Fréjus
E7
E7
E80
E80
Tunnel du
Mont Blanc
Albertville
Sisteron
Orange
Montpellier
E9
Chambéry
E15
Alès
E11
E70
Grenoble
3
E71
Mont-de-Marsan
Viaduct du
Millau
E21
5
E1
E9
E5
E602
06
E6
70
E611
11
E7
-E
Lyon
E70
le Puy-en-Velay
Toulouse
CH
E62
E25
E70
Besançon
Bourg-en-Bresse
E15
E5
E17
E5
0
Mâcon
ClermontFerrand
E70
E72
Pau
07
E62
Limoges
E60
Belfort
Dole
E6
E62
E25
E1
E11
F
Brivela-Gaillarde
E80
Beaune
E54
E712
2
E3
Bordeaux
Dijon
Nevers
E603
3
Strasbourg
Tunnel Maurice Lemaire
(closed until 2008)
Langres
Bourges
La Rochelle
E60
Metz
Nancy
2
E402
1
E50
0
E6
E604
Poitiers
E601
E54
E511
E
2
Saintes
Troyes
Orléans
60
Tours
E6
les Sables-d’Olonne
E54
E50
Le Mans
E5
0
0
Nantes
E25
E50
E17
E6
Angers
Reims
E50
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6
E4
3
E3
0
E5
0
Bayonne
E46
4
E4
E5
E5
Rennes
D
Valenciennes
7
E1
E60
Rouen
E46
E401
01
E44
E46
E19
E46
Caen
St-Malo
E4
B
Dieppe
Le
Havre E44
E3-
GBJ
E50
Lille
E21
Cherbourg
E40
E15
GBG
Channel
Islands
Brest
Calais
Channel Tunnel /
Tunnel sous la Manche
80 100 kilometres
E402
60
E11
40
E5
20
E42
E15
0
E71
Toll motorway
Toll free motorway / Major road
Other roads
International boundary
E2
FRANCE
Tunnel PradoCarenage
A57
Nice
MC
Cannes
Toulon
E
Corse
Ajaccio
France and Monaco
Toll charges in euros
Road
Car
Car
towing
caravan/
trailer
Road
Car
Car
towing
caravan/
trailer
E3/E5 (A83/A10) Nantes – Bordeaux 26.90
40.90
E19 (A1/A2) Valenciennes – Paris
E5 (A10/A837) Bordeaux – La Rochelle12.60
19.10
E19/E17
E5 Bordeaux – Hendaye
(Spanish border)
(A26/A2) Valenciennes – Reims E21 (A29) Dijon – Dole
13.00
19.10
11.90
17.80
7.00
10.70
E5 (A10) Paris – Tours
20.80
33.90
Dole – Bourg-en-Bresse
Tours – Bordeaux
30.10
47.40
E21 (A3) Nancy – Langres
7.90
12.50
9.70
16.00
E25 (A4) Metz – Strasbourg
12.00
18.60
11.30
17.90
E25 (A40) Genève – Tunnel du
13.40
24.10
Tours – Poitiers
Poitiers – Saintes
E5 (A13) Rouen – Paris
E5/E11(A10/A71)
Paris – Clermont-Ferrand
Brive – Toulouse
E15 (A26/A1) Calais – Paris
4.20
8.20
12.80
5.30
9.20
7.20
10.80
33.80
54.30
E44 (A29/A16) Neufchâtel-en-Bray –
6.30
9.80
4.50
6.80
E44/E17 (A29/A26) Amiens – Reims
12.10
18.30
13.90
21.60
E46/E5 (A13) Caen – Paris
21.60
26.40
18.90
27.30
E50 (A4) Paris – Reims
9.70
14.70
E9 (A66) Toulouse – Tunnel du
Puymorens
Mont Blanc
E44 (A29) Le Havre – St Saens (E402)
2.80
Amiens
E15 (A1) Lille – Paris
14.60
21.50
E50 (A4) Paris – Metz
22.90
34.90
E15 (A7) Lyon – Montpellier
24.00
37.50
E50 (A11/A81) Paris – Rennes
26.70
40.80
E15 (A6) Paris – Beaune
19.60
30.40
E50/E25 (A4) Paris – Strasbourg
34.90
53.50
Paris – Mâcon
25.50
39.80
E50/E501 (A11) Paris – Angers
25.40
39.00
Paris – Lyon
30.90
48.20
E54/E15
1.10
1.70
E15 (A9) Orange – Montpellier (Spanish border)
12.60
(A5/A6) Paris – Lyon (via Troyes)
35.60
55.10
E60 (A11) Angers – Nantes
8.20
12.40
20.00
E60 (A11/A85) Angers – Tours
8.80
12.40
E60 (A36) Beaune – Besançon
6.90
10.60
7.00
10.70
Montpellier – Le Perthus
E15/E17 (A26) Calais – Reims
20.20
30.20
A4/A26 Reims – Troyes
10.20
15.20
Besançon – Belfort
E15/E17 (A4/A26/A5/A6) Reims – Lyon 37.30
57.00
Belfort – Mulhouse (German border) 2.80
E15/E80
(A7/A8) Lyon – Aix-en-Provence
E62 (A40) Mâcon – Genève
22.30
36.20
E70 (A89) Bordeaux –
E17 (A31) Dijon – Beaune
2.60
3.80
Brive-la-Gaillarde
E17 (A31) Langres – Dijon
2.10
3.10
Brive-la-Gaillarde –
E17/E21/E62
Clermont-Ferrand
(A26/A5/A39/A40) Reims – Tunnel
du Mont Blanc
E70 (A72) Clermont-Ferrand – Lyon
51.10
78.30
E70 (A43) Lyon – Chambéry
4.10
14.60
23.70
15.60
24.20
9.30
14.40
8.40
12.90
10.30
16.20
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Toll charges in euros continued
Road
Car
Car
towing
caravan/
trailer
Road
Car
Car
towing
caravan/
trailer
E70 (A41/A43/
A52/A50 Aix-en-Provence – Toulon
7.00
A57 Toulon – Le Cannet des Maures
2.20
3.20
A87 Angers – Les Sables d’Olonne
8.70
14.10
24.30
39.10
Pont de Normandie (Le Havre)
5.00
5.80
Pont de Tancarville (Le Havre)
2.30
2.90
6.00
12.20
A430) Chambéry – Albertville
4.90
7.60
E70/E711
(A43/A48) Lyon – Grenoble
9.60
15.50
E72 (A62) Bordeaux – Toulouse
16.70
26.40
E80 (A8) Aix-en-Provence – Cannes 13.20
19.90
Cannes – Nice 2.80
4.30
Nice – Menton
(Italian border)
A13/E5 Le Havre – Paris
Bridges and tunnels
2.10
3.20
E80 (A64) Bayonne – Toulouse 17.60
27.80
(near Andorra/Spanish border)
E80 (A54/A9) Montpellier – Arles
6.10
9.40
Tunnel Prado Carenage (Marseille)
10.10
15.40
20.30
30.70
E80 (A8/A54) Montpellier –
Aix-en-Provence
(A9/A61) Toulouse – Montpellier
(Spanish border)
27.20
18.60
30.70
10.00
15.50
E402/401 (A16) Calais – Paris
18.70
27.80
E604 (A85) Tours – Bourges
11.90
18.20
14.40
23.20
11.60
17.60
8.20
12.40
5.50
7.90
2.90
4.50
E611/E62
(A42/A40) Lyon – Genève
E712 (A51) Aix-en-Provence –
La Saulce (Sisteron)
E712 (A41) Chambéry – Genève
Grenoble – Chambéry
E712 (A51) Grenoble – Sisteron
Italian border)
35.10
46.40
35.10
46.40
7.90
11.80
6.10
9.20
7.70
16.40
Tunnel du Mont Blanc (French/
17.90
Le Mans – Tours
2.60
Tunnel du Fréjus (French/
Toulouse – Le Perthus
E402 (A28) Rouen – Le Mans
Tunnel du Puymorens
(cars only)
E80/E15
10.70
E712/E25
(A41/A40) Chambéry – Chamonix
8.70
14.20
E713 (A49/A48) Valence – Grenoble
8.20
12.90
A14 Orgeval – Paris (La Défense)
7.70
15.40
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Italian border)
Le Viaduc de Millau (summer)
(rest of year)
Tunnel de Sainte Marie
aux Mines