To ensure a smooth and safe journey when driving to Disneyland® Paris please take note of the following tips for driving in France.
What to bring:
A full, valid UK driving licence is required. Due to new updates from the DVLA the paper counterpart is no longer required and this includes when travelling on the Continent. You must be be 18 years or over to drive in France.
A GB sticker to display in the rear windscreen and your motor insurance certificate. GB stickers are compulsory within the EU unless your UK registration plates display the GB Euro-symbol (Europlates) which became a legal option from 21 March 2001. The Europlate must comply with the new British Standard (BS AU 145d). The Europlate is only legally recognised in the EU; it is still a requirement to display a GB sticker when travelling outside the EU.
A breathalyser - you are required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance. The official text states that one unused breathalyser must be produced. We recommend that 2 single-use breathalysers are carried, so that if one is used or damaged, you will still have a replacement to produce.
A warning triangle and reflective jacket for use in a breakdown. Without these you risk being fined around €90. Minimum of one reflective jacket. The jacket must be within reach of the driver without having to exit the vehicle.
Headlamp converters (for driving on the right) are compulsory to prevent dazzling drivers coming the other way. The legal requirement is to 'not dazzle oncoming drivers' rather than specifically to adjust/convert the headlamp beam pattern. Without adjustment the dipped beam will dazzle oncoming drivers and this could result in a fine.
What NOT to bring:
Radar detectors are illegal in France. If you are caught with one you risk fines of up to €1,500. Satnav and GPS systems which show where speed cameras are located are also illegal so make sure this function is disabled or removed completely from your device.
Ready to drive in France?
As in the UK, wearing front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted. It's illegal for children under 10 to ride in the front of the vehicle. Children under 10 must be in the back seat and in a child seat if they weigh less than 15kg. Over this weight they can use a seat belt with a booster seat.
The main thing to remember is that people drive on the right-hand side of the road in France.
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