If you have to drive through France at any point, you need to be aware of speed limit changes that came into force from the 1st July 2018.

Speed limits on France’s secondary ‘D’ roads have been reduced from 90km/h (56mph) to 80km/h (50mph) in response to a significant increase in road deaths. Failure to comply with the rules could attract a fine of up to £670.

Research by the RAC Europe found 78% of drivers were not aware of these speed changes on France’s roads, and more than half of respondents were unfamiliar with other driving regulations that had come into force this year in France, including:

  • 28% of drivers did not know that drivers must switch their engines off when in a designated parking space in order to use a handheld mobile phone.
  • 23% did not know it is illegal to wear headphones or earphones whilst driving

These changes follow the introduction of the Crit’Air Sticker that drivers in France need to display when driving across some cities. The stickers are currently in use in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Lille, Strasbourg and Toulouse as of January 2018, with 25 different areas expected to adopt them by 2020.

Failure to display a sticker could result in fines of between €68 and €135 (between £59 and £117).

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