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Here is our comprehensive driving in France checklist, 2017, for what you need to take with you when driving in France from a legal viewpoint. The items on the list carry some pretty hefty on the spot fines if you fail to have them in the car with you at all times. Remember the items shown here are compulsory equipment for driving in France & most of Europe

May we suggest you double check the list and remember that the rules are the same whether driving in Paris or on country lanes.

Although some people think the French driving laws are bureaucracy gone mad, some of the items do offer you improved safety while on the road.

Below the checklist at the bottom of the page is yet more detailed information on some of the items and requirements for the documents you need to take.

The Fines for Non-Compliance

Please see the cost (in Euros) of the on-the-spot fines that the French police will give you if you are charged with non-compliance of these French driving laws. They are shown in the table below and further written explanations of additional things you should know are to be found below the table. These extra notes deal with Breathalysers, people who wear spectacles etc.



 Additional Points


You will notice on the list that breathalysers do not carry a fine, even though they are a legal requirement. It was headlined as the new big road safety initiative by the French Government as it was saying for over 2 years that an 11 euro fine would be issued for non-compliance, but they have never actually brought the fine into force. They have recently said that the fines for this offence are to be scrapped indefinitely.

Therefore do you want to go to the trouble and expense of taking some? They have a use by date, they are not reliable and will not work if exposed to extreme temperatures, say for example leaving them in a hot car on a summers day or a cold one in winter.

The decision is yours, you are technically breaking the law by not having them but the offence carries no fine or endorsement. 

Do You Wear Glasses?

If so you are required to take a spare pair of spectacles in the car with you when driving in France. 

GB Sticker

Regarding the GB sticker if you have a new style EU Number plate with the GB and the Euro flag on it then for the most part that "should" be OK. Though if you read the French regulations very carefully you will see that those are not actually the correct size stipulated as they are not big enough. 

First Aid kit.... a EU stamped first aid kit is required to be carried in the vehicle

Hi Viz Vests

If you breakdown or heaven forbid are involved in an accident you will need to get out of the vehicle and stand at the roadside or on the hard-shoulder if on a motorway. The French authorities are very strict that people stood outside the vehicle on motorways especially are wearing "Hi Visibility" clothing such as a vest that fits over you clothing or a high viz jacket.  

That's everyone you the driver and also all of your passengers. So if a family of four are travelling in the car then you should each have a hi viz. Also these need to be carried inside the cabin of the car not the boot so you can put it on before you get out, though in practical terms I presume most will be putting it on as they are getting out. However the police are strict and if they see you stood with the boot up rummaging round trying to find the vests under all your suitcases and beach balls they will very likely issue you with a fine.

Documents You Need to Take

You will obviously take your passport with when travelling abroad but because you are driving your own car you will need to take a few other things.



Driving Licence

Proof of Ownership (V5 Log book)

Insurance Documents

M.O.T. (If your car is over 3 years old)

It is worth checking with your Insurance company if you will be fully covered while driving in France as some "Fully Comprehensive" Insurance policies revert to just offering "3rd Party" cover whilst driving abroad.

Have a good trip & send us a postcard 

PCT Porsche Specialists


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