An important change has been introduced to the driving laws in France which will affect not only domestic motorists but also all visitors intending to use a car there.
From this month, drivers who are not carrying a hazard warning triangle and reflective jacket could be liable to an on-the-spot fine of around 100 Euros (£77 / $136). The triangles are designed to be placed about 90ft behind a car that has stopped by the roadside because of an accident or mechanical failure.
The Automobile Association is asking British motorists to help it monitor the situation to ensure that they’re not being unfairly targeted. However, the AA President, Edmund King, said there had to be an acceptance that tourists learn the road rules of the country they’re visiting.
The advice applies to those taking their own cars to France from elsewhere in Europe - rental cars should be fully equipped with the necessary items.
by Andy Moreton