Originally Posted by sbaddison
To Nev, are you still safe unless you exceed 160 KPH in France on the wonderful Autoroutes??
France has tightening up very much over the last two years.
More radars and more patrols.
Aside: Got burned off by 2 gendarmes in a WRX
yesterday, on the way back from Grenoble.
Gave me the shock of my life when I realised
that the Subaru coming up behind me (I was at 150)
was actually a cop car!!!!
They were more interested in roadtesting their
new toy, luckily.
Basically if you get caught +20kph over the limit there
are severe penaties now. Also France & the UK are
starting to share ticketing info between them. (B'stard!)
As a resident if you get busted +20kph you're likely
to get sent to the Tribune. In which case they'll
force you to switch your UK licence for a French one
and they give you the points (Or ban you, depending
on the seriousness.)
Also if you get caught by the cops in France who are
using a speed gun (Actually binoculars) they will always
take off 8kph due to "equipment limitations".
So on the autoroutes 140kph is concidered "safe".
i.e. you probably won't get pulled. I've been pulled
at 160 and fined 90 euros. (Escorted to the ATM by
2 bike cops.)
But it's your licences/money, so......
Be careful out there!