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Driving in France

France is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and for many people driving is an ideal way to travel. You can pack all you need without the worry of exceeding your luggage weight allowance or if you are hiring a car, you have the freedom to explore different locations at your own leisure.

When driving in France there are a few important factors to consider…

Driving Laws

Driving in France – Licence Laws

Visitors must have a full, valid driving licence issued in an EU or EEA country. Riders of mopeds or motorcycles up to 125cc must be aged 16 or over.

The following vehicle documents should always be carried:

Full, valid UK driving licence

Proof of ID (passport)

V5 registration document

Motor insurance certificate/documents

You are required by law to carry the following items:

Reflective jackets – for driver and passengers, including motorcyclists

Warning triangle 

Headlamp beam deflectors – Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually

Safety helmetswith compliant reflective elements for motorcyclists and their passengers

Snow chains – May also be needed in some areas during winter. These areas will be indicated by signs and are compulsory, so it is worth having them in your car if you’re visiting during winter

Breathalyser– Although the fine for not carrying one has been postponed indefinitely. 

Spare bulbs – It is recommended but not mandatory that you carry a spare bulb kit for your vehicle

*It is now illegal to wear a headset for any purpose, even for the answering of phone calls. If you’re a motorcyclist with an integrated headset in your helmet then you are exempt.


Do I need a GB or UK sticker for driving in France?

From 28th September 2021, vehicles registered in the UK must display the letters “UK” when driving in France.

UK car sticker
uk registration plate stickers

Blind Spot Stickers

A new law came into effect in France in January 2021, requiring vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes to apply “Angles Morts” warning stickers.

The blind spot warning sticker are designed to remind cyclists, bikers, scooter riders and pedestrians, that large vehicles have blind spots and might not be able to see them.

French blind spot stickers

French Speed Limits

Speed limits are lowered in rain and other adverse weather conditions.

Special speed restrictions apply to certain classes of vehicle, including coaches and cars with trailers, so it is important to check before you travel.

Speeding Fines

The standard fine for exceeding the speed limit in France is € 135, with points added to the license depending on how far the limit is exceeded.

EU driving license holders who exceed the speed limit by more than 40 km / h will have their licences confiscated by the police.

French Tolls

Many French motorways are operated by a variety of private companies, Often these companies have been involved in the construction of the highway and tolls are the way to get a return on investment.

Motorway signs will be labelled ‘péage’ if a toll applies. The motorway toll charges can vary, so it may be worth checking the cost when planning your route. 

Tolls can be paid in cash or with a Mastercard or Visa card. However, French toll payment methods may not include all UK issued debit cards such as Maestro and Electron debit card.

french tolls

Travel Packages


Whether it’s your first trip to France or your 50th, Expert Travel Services can provide the perfect tailored package for you;


Ferry Travelling- Crossings from Dover to Calais you can take all of your fishing equipment, in your own vehicle, without worrying about luggage size and weight.

Channel Tunnel Tickets – Travel from Folkstone to Calais in as little as 35 minutes.

Vehicle Hire – Book car hire and  enjoy driving through the beautiful French countryside enroute to your fishing destination

Accommodation- Whether you are looking for a place to camp, a chalet, hotel or apartment, we can arrange the ideal accommodation for you.

For more information contact our Travel Expert today!