New driving regulations in France

Hefty fines will be slapped on drivers caught on French roads who do not comply with new regulations which came into force on October 1.

Cars will be required to carry a warning triangle and a reflective jacket (conforming to EN471), which must be kept in the passenger compartment and not in the boot.

The minimum driving age is 18, and the drink-driving limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - not 80mg, as in the UK.

There are two speed limits for motorways (110/130kph) and dual carriageways (100/110kph). The lower limit should be obeyed in wet weather and always by drivers who have held a licence for less than two years.

Drivers must have both parts of their driving licence with them, plus photocopies of insurance, vehicle registration documents and the car's MOT certificate.

All passengers must wear seat belts, while children under 10 are not allowed to travel in the front seat. Unless you have new EU-style number plates you must have a GB sticker on your car.

These regulations will be enforced with on-the-spot fines varying between £90 - £135 (equivalent to around £71 to £106).

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