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News, Traffic Information and Road Works
12 October 2006
If you are visiting the vineyards of France to buy your favourite wines, the notes below will help you avoid traffic probelms. If you want to visit some of the 111 vineyards on our lists, then check out the Routes in our member's Premier Pages section.
If you don't want to drive all the way to the vineyard, Winedrive members living in the UK can order great French wine from home at low vineyard prices and have it shipped to Calais, then take a cheap day return from Dover to collect it.
For more detailed information including advice regarding delays, diversions and speed restrictions and for monthly reports from the vineyards, see Premier Pages. Click the Join Now! button above.
There are 40 changes to the list of road works since our last up-date, so please check below when planning your route to vineyards and avoid the hold-ups.
Fuel prices are on the way down in France with diesel available from less than one Euro a litre. The French are really on-the-ball when it comes to reducing pump prices as the market cost of oil begins to drop.
Watch your speed in built-up areas and on the autoroutes. More and more mobile cameras are being used in town and on open roads, often just as you leave a built-up area. Fines are rigorously enforced. Speed cameras are sometimes hidden behind a small aperture in the boot of unmarked cars, so take care and drive within the law.
For full details, road numbers and dates, see Premier Pages
Unless there is another driver in the car, you will be turned round at your port of entry and put back on the boat. If you are stopped anywhere in metropolitan France, you will have to get your motoring organisation to repatriate your car or get someone from England to collect it. Ports and airports are notified if a visiting driver is banned and anyone who continues to drive can expect severe consequences, including a possible prison sentence - LEAVE YOUR SCANNER AT HOME!
Speeding fines can increase depending how far you are over limit and you could end up in a French court.
The on-the-spot fine for using your mobile phone while driving is now Euros 137.
All drink drivers in France now go to court where the penalty will be decided. There is no minimum fine.
See Rules & Regulations in the 'Driving' section at 'Routes and Driving' for more information
Take a Break
Always break long journeys stopping every couple of hours for a 15 minute rest. If the journey takes more than six or seven hours, make an overnight stop. Hotels are very cheap in France and a family of four can stay the night for the equivalent cost of a single B&B in UK.
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