Published 2004.05.24 | Last update 2015.10.21
They both have an easier and more flexible system than many other countries. Do not expect a speeding ticket in Monaco though, a parking ticket is more likely …
The fines are relatively high in France/Monaco. The reason for this is that the French authorities rely on spot tests and so has chosen to increase the fines to let them really hurt for those few people that are caught …
Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to on-the-spot fines.
|France/Monaco important numbers :|
|Limit – km/h||30||50||90(1||110(1||130(2|
|Fine +20 km/h||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3|
|Fine +40 km/h||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3||€135(3|
|JAIL(5||Repeated violations with more than +50 km/h|
|1) reduced by 10 km/h when rain
2) reduced to 110 km/h when rain
3) reduced to €90 if you pay within 15 days or on the spot
4) minimum 6 months
5) 3 months + fine €3 750
If you are a foreigner, the motorway police have the power to confiscate your car, make you pay there and then or to take your licence and give you an on the spot ban for driving in France. You will get your licence back but it can take weeks or even months. However, you may not get your car back, if the courts decide your speeding was reckless enough i.e. more than 50km over the limit, they will not return your car and may auction it off. If you don’t have cash, the police will take your passport and send you to a cash point to get cash.
If you drive on a road which is not explicitly marked with right of way, you must always stop for traffic which arrives from your right. This rule is strictly enforced and applies even if you are driving on a major road and the traffic from your right is on a minor road.
Even in central Paris you will find that the rule is very much still practiced even in roundabouts.
Wikipedia has more on this.
- Driving in France – Offences and Penalties . This site has a complete list on imprisonment, fines, points and license withdrawal.
- UK Drivers warned against speeding in France. Good advice for foreign drivers.
- The official French web on traffic regulations.
This means that the real fines are are lower than those shown below.
|France/Monaco in detail :|
|less than 20 km/h||135(2||1|
|less than 20 km/h||68(1||0|
|+ 21-30 km/h||135(2||2|
|LICENSE(3||+ 31-40 km/h||135(2||3|
|LICENSE(3||+ 41-50 km/h||135(2||4|
|LICENSE(3||+ 50 km/h and more||1500||6|
|JAIL(4||+ 50 km/h and more repeated||3750||6|
|1) €45 if paying within 15 days or on the spot, €180 if paying after 45 days
2) €90 if paying within 15 days or on the spot, €375 if paying after 45 days
3) minimum 6 months
4) 3 months + fine €3 750
In France you start out with 12 points and lose your license for six months when you have reached zero. If this happens twice in 5 years, the license will be withdrawn for one year.
If you lose 6 or more points (but not all), you may attend a course on road safety to get 4 points back.
A one-point offense will return the point in 6 months. If you have lost more points you will get them back in 2 or 3 years (it depends on the seriousness of the offence)
In addition to the speeding offences above, these offences will reward you with points (there are many more):
- Using a mobile phone while driving: 3 points
- Not using seat belt/helmet: 3 points
- Crossing a white line: 3 points
- Not stopping before a red light or a stop sign: 4 points
- Drinking and driving, from 0.5 g/l to 0.8 g/l in blood sample: 6 points
More on French points on the official web (in French).