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Driving in France this Summer?

If you are driving in France this summer please take note these 2 changes to the law!

1. In France the Court of Appeal has ruled that it is illegal to speak on or use your smartphone in your hand while in your car, even if you are stopped, pulled over, and with your hazard lights on.

The rule comes after the court judged that a stopped car is still considered to be “in circulation” even if it is pulled over at the side of the road with its engine off and hazard lights on.

The only acceptable time to use a smartphone in a car - without a hands-free set - the court said, would be if the vehicle was parked in a designated parking area, proper car park, or private driveway.

The rule applies to the use of a smartphone held in your hand, and does not apply to cars properly fitted with hands-free sets.

Drivers found to be in breach of these rules are at risk of a €135 fine, plus the loss of three points on your licence for three years.

2. The French Government is set to lower the speed limit on 2 lane highways from 90kmh to 80kmh (50mph). This change comes into effect on the 1st July 2018. The aim is to reverse the alarming rise in road-deaths. “Excessive or inappropriate” speed was involved in 32% of the fatal accidents in 2016.