France scraps its 100km limit for travel within the country

From June 2nd people will be able to travel freely throughout France without permission forms or the need to justify their journey.

France scraps its 100km limit for travel within the country
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Under France's strict coronavirus lockdown virtually no travel was allowed in France, but when the rules began to be loosened from May 11th people were allowed to travel around the country again – but only within 100km of their homes.

Travelling further than 100km from home required an essential reason – crucial work, urgent family reasons and the like – and a permission form.

Failure to stick to these rules can net you a €135 fine and police have made more than 200,000 traffic stops to check papers since May 11th.

But from Tuesday, June 2nd this restriction will be scrapped and people can now travel freely within France.

Restrictions in international travel remain – find out more here.

However, when announcing the changes as part of the move to 'phase 2' of lifting lockdown, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe urged people to continue to show caution.

“The less we move around, the less we spread the virus,” the PM cautioned.

“I call on all French to show the same kind of responsibility as they have been showing throughout the crisis.”




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Plans to create ‘car-share only’ lanes on French motorways

A consultation has begun on creating 'car-share only' lanes on certain French motorways, in order to encourage drivers to begin carpooling.

Plans to create 'car-share only' lanes on French motorways

Certain lanes on French motorways including the A1, A13 and both the interior and exterior ringroad in Paris could soon be reserved for buses, taxi and cars with more than one person inside.

The government consultation has been launched into plans for six roads in the Île de France region – the A1, A4, A13, A14, A86 and the Paris périphérique – after the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Sections of some of these roads (mainly the Paris périphérique) will be used during the Games as ‘voies olympiques’ (Olympic lanes) during the Games – reserved for athletes, media and others accredited by the Paris Olympic committee at peak times. They will be equipped with traffic cameras and extra signage for this purpose.

However, once the Games are over, Paris authorities have proposed not simply returning the lanes to normal, but instead reserving them for shared vehicles – buses, taxis and any car with two or more people inside.

It will not involve building new lanes, simply reserving certain lanes for shared vehicles. The proposal includes a 12km section of the A1 between Charles de Gaulle airport and the Stade de France and a 13km section of the A13 between Rocquencourt and the Saint-Cloud tunnel.

Paris City Hall has been involved in testing several different methods of ‘carpooling cameras’ that can show how many people are in a vehicle, but it is not yet clear how the shared-vehicle lanes would work.

The French government is trying to encourage car-sharing as a way to lower France’s energy consumption, offering €100 to anyone who signs up to a car-share platform.

You can have your say on the consultation here