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clarayana 23rd February 2017 08:42 AM

Driving from Spain to France
 
Hello :) My mother in law is visiting us next month and we plan to go from Madrid to southern France by car. It will be my first driving trip out of spain so I just want to be sure I have all the correct paperwork/documents.

Spain driver L.
Seguro
Itv
Parte de accidentes.

Do I need something else?

Thanks in advance :rolleyes:

Pesky Wesky 23rd February 2017 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by clarayana (Post 12032281)
Hello :) My mother in law is visiting us next month and we plan to go from Madrid to southern France by car. It will be my first driving trip out of spain so I just want to be sure I have all the correct paperwork/documents.

Spain driver L.
Seguro
Itv
Parte de accidentes.

Do I need something else?

Thanks in advance :rolleyes:

Not paperwork,but in Spain you need two fluorescent vests to be put on if you break down and get out of the car and an accident triangle

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Tom1957 23rd February 2017 09:30 AM

You also need to carry a breathalyser in France.

EverHopeful 23rd February 2017 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Tom1957 (Post 12032641)
You also need to carry a breathalyser in France.

No you don't - that was briefly the case but no longer applies.

clarayana 23rd February 2017 09:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverHopeful (Post 12032777)
No you don't - that was briefly the case but no longer applies.

:confused2: That's good to know ! (it sounded a bit crazy tbh)

Got the vest :fingerscrossed:

Thanks!

EverHopeful 23rd February 2017 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by clarayana (Post 12032801)
:confused2: That's good to know ! (it sounded a bit crazy tbh)

Got the vest :fingerscrossed:

Thanks!

Make sure you have the triangle as well :)

(The breathalyser requirement was an effort to reduce drink driving in France, but simply having a breathlyser kit in the car doesn't achieve that. Drink driving and speeding are major problems here (so you need to be careful on the roads and drive defensively).

I would suggest you ensure your vehicle insurance includes breakdown cover (at least towing) for France.

clarayana 23rd February 2017 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverHopeful (Post 12032841)
Make sure you have the triangle as well :)

(The breathalyser requirement was an effort to reduce drink driving in France, but simply having a breathlyser kit in the car doesn't achieve that. Drink driving and speeding are major problems here (so you need to be careful on the roads and drive defensively).

I would suggest you ensure your vehicle insurance includes breakdown cover (at least towing) for France.


Thanks! I'll check that out!
:cool:

Tom1957 23rd February 2017 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverHopeful (Post 12032777)
No you don't - that was briefly the case but no longer applies.

It seems that it is still a legal requirement, but there is no penalty for non compliance.

https://www.theaa.com/european-break...ving-in-france

EverHopeful 23rd February 2017 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom1957 (Post 12033457)
It seems that it is still a legal requirement, but there is no penalty for non compliance.

https://www.theaa.com/european-break...ving-in-france

True, but nobody carries them in the car any more and the police no longer seem to check for them (no doubt because there is no penalty) and it is no longer actively promoted as a requirement (except for those learning to drive). I no longer carry mine, but then I don't drink and drive either, and I don't know anyone who does. I would mention that the alcohol limit here is 0.5 (0.2 for probationary drivers) and penalties for the first offence range from 6 points, 135 Euros fine, vehicle immobilisation, licence suspension of up to 3 years for a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.5 to 6 points, a fine of up to 4,500 Euros, licence suspension/cancellation for up to 3 years, requirement to undertake a program on road safety at your own cost, and a prison sentence of up to 3 years for a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.5 - all of which is if you haven't caused an accident.

The speed limits are more and more actively controlled (with lots of camera) and the penalties have increased Vitesse / Réglementation et sanctions - Sécurité routière | Tous responsables.

France has a really bad record for road safety.

baldilocks 23rd February 2017 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Pesky Wesky (Post 12032529)
Not paperwork,but in Spain you need two fluorescent vests to be put on if you break down and get out of the car and an accident triangle

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Not quite. You need a fluorescent vest for each passenger which must be put on before getting out of the vehicle.

You need TWO triangles one for each direction if on a two lane highway, each triangle to be 50 m from the vehicle and visible from at least 100m away. If on divided highway then one triangle to be placed 50 m behind the vehicle and also visible from 100m away.

In all cases, vests and triangles should be easily accessible, i.e. the triangles not be buried under a pile of shopping in the boot.


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