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Driving To France? At 17??

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going france tommorow, my freinds mum has bought ferry tickets, decided to do some reading on french law etc, and i found out you have ti be 18 to drive in france? im 17 had mt ful licence for about 7… Read More
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
going france tommorow, my freinds mum has bought ferry tickets, decided to do some reading on french law etc, and i found out you have ti be 18 to drive in france? im 17 had mt ful licence for about 7 months now, question is will my age be checked upon entering france? or should i be all right?
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
It's not worth the risk. You won't be insured and could end up losing your licence.
#2
might jeopodise the terms of your car insurance by not complying with the laws of the country where your driving so would in trouble if you had an accident
#3
In my experience, French Traffic cops are not very lenient :whistling:

I wouldnt risk it.
#4
Banana79;3293371
It's not worth the risk. You won't be insured and could end up losing your licence.

Would indeed invalidate the insurance but as for losing your licence I cant see it as it would be dealt with under french courts not UK, however I believe they would be harsh in sentencing you for the offence:thumbsup:
#5
You are too young to be driving anyway - I am 30 in December and still never got round to taking my test despite all those expensive lessons...

Ignore me i'm bitter! ;o)

The French police are a pretty sadistic bunch when it comes to us 'Roast beefs' falling foul of their laws....don't expect leniency if you get caught out. I wouldn't do it if I was you.
#6
You need to be driving for a year in your own country on a full driving licence to be legal in another country anyway.

So if you get checked you're basically not even legal to drive.
#7
No dont risk it. If your lucky it might only be a huge fine that you have to pay. On a bad day you may get locked up.If it's on a Friday not in a main city you might be there until Monday morning.
[mod]#8
You have to legally be 18 before you can drive in France - the age varies around Europe

http://www.rac.co.uk/web/know-how/going-on-a-journey/driving-abroad/countries/france.htm

Your insurance company probably wouldn't insure you & there could be problems if you were stopped & they found you were 17yrs old. Need some proper advice on this :thumbsup:
#9
Even if you were old enough, your insurance may not cover you driving abroad.

I have fully comprehensive insurance on my car, but it still does not entitle me to drive abroad.

Also, note the following (from the AA web site):

The French Road Safety Department has confirmed that:

From 1st October 2008 all drivers in France, including drivers of vehicles registered outside of France, must have one warning triangle and one reflective jacket in their vehicle.

This regulation, which we understand does not apply to two and three wheeled vehicles, will be enforced with on-the-spot fines of between €90 and €135.
#10
Sorry m8, ur not legal to drive over there

http://www.europeaccident.co.uk/france/driving-in-france

Im a bit of a chancer myself, but i wouldnt fancy this one, them French HATE us brits, they would do anything to ruin our day.

They will check your passport, whether or not your in your vehicle when they check the documents may determine if you could 'get away with it'

If you've no other choice, try it, i hope your lucky! If you could go on foot instead to make sure your day is not wasted do that.

BFM
#11
guilbert53
Even if you were old enough, your insurance may not cover you driving abroad.

I have fully comprehensive insurance on my car, but it still does not entitle me to drive abroad.

Also, note the following (from the AA web site):

The French Road Safety Department has confirmed that:

From 1st October 2008 all drivers in France, including drivers of vehicles registered outside of France, must have one warning triangle and one reflective jacket in their vehicle.

This regulation, which we understand does not apply to two and three wheeled vehicles, will be enforced with on-the-spot fines of between €90 and €135.


Same with Germany, had to make sure I had a warning triangle and hi-vis jacket with me. While I wasn't pulled over nor have I ever been when abroad I don't think it's worth risking. That and the fact these two requirements in particular are quite sensible and should really be in place here as well.

John
#12
guilbert53
Even if you were old enough, your insurance may not cover you driving abroad.

I have fully comprehensive insurance on my car, but it still does not entitle me to drive abroad.



From http://www.europeaccident.co.uk/france/driving-in-france

Insurance
All UK car insurance policies automatically provide, at no extra cost, the minimum cover required by law in all European Union (EU) countries. The minimum required is cover for your liability to third parties.
#13
9 times out of 10, you will most likely get away with it etc.

However, you will be breaking the law, and invalidating your insurance.

Also, unless youare fluent french, if you were pulled over and could not explain why u were under age etc, they will arrest you, and most likely lock you up before dealing with you. And the fine will be bad.

I would not do it, not worth ******** yourself over the whole trip over something so illy. You will have plenty fo time to drive in paris. How about getting used to these roads first? 17 is awfully young to start driving on the other side of the road!
#14
Don't forget you legally need a Hi-Vis Vest, fire extinguisher and hazard triangle in the boot.
#15
thing is were only going to calais, so should be driving no more than 30 mintues in france, seems a real shame to waste the ferry ticket, but in the small chance i do get stopped i will be screwed.
#16
wazb;3293600
thing is were only going to calais, so should be driving no more than 30 mintues in france, seems a real shame to waste the ferry ticket, but in the small chance i do get stopped i will be screwed.


bit of research beforehand next time maybe :thumbsup:
#17
well i did it, went fine, got some cheep booze, dont worry i didnt drink any whilst i was there lol, only was driving for about 30 minutes there, round-a-bouts were abit dodgy but asides from that it was fine, though if i was traveling longer say to paris i defo wouldnt have gone and would of bought all the stuff that is required.

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