Using a phone while driving in France could now cost you your licence

Using a phone while driving in France could now cost you your licence
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A decree published in France means that people caught using a hand-held phone while driving could now lose their licence.

The maximum penalty for using a hand-held phone while driving has now been increased, and the driver faces a six-month suspension of their licence if they are caught using a phone at the same time as committing another traffic offence.

The decree published in the Journal officiel on May 21st outlines a list of the offences involved.

If a driver is caught using a hand-held phone at the same time as committing any of the offences below they now face suspension of the licence for a maximum of six months.

The penalty for people caught using a phone without committing any other offences remains the same – three points on the driving licence and a fine of €135.

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  • Failure to respect the rules of the road (eg driving on the wrong side of the road or not indicating)
  • Failure to observe safe distances
  • Failure to comply with traffic lights
  • Crossing or touching continuous white lines on the road 
  • Failure to comply with overtaking rules
  • Failure to obey a stop sign or give way sign
  • Failure to respect the right of way for pedestrians
  • Exceeding the speed limit

All the above offences carry their own penalties – find out more here.

 

 


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