DRIV­ING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW

Living France - - Insight -

There are cer­tain doc­u­ments that you are legally re­quired to keep in your car in France, or at least be able to hand over to po­lice if re­quired: A valid cer­ti­fi­cat d’im­ma­tric­u­la­tion with proof of an up-to-date con­trôle tech­nique. Valid car in­sur­ance papers with the green ex­piry date coupon clearly vis­i­ble from out­side. Your driv­ing li­cence. A lu­mi­nous red warn­ing tri­an­gle and yel­low high vis­i­bil­ity jacket. Fail­ure to pro­duce any of these if re­quested at a rou­tine check or if you are stopped by the po­lice can re­sult in an on-the-spot fine and a more se­vere penalty if they are not sub­mit­ted within a stated time pe­riod. These fines range from around €10-€150 (the higher sanc­tions usu­ally im­posed after cer­tain dead­line pe­ri­ods).

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