Print Posted By Lost in France on 20 Nov 2010 in Living in France - Driving in France

Changes to the highway code: Pedestrians

pedestrian lawsChanges to the highway code in France mean that pedestrians now have right of way over cars when crossing the road.

The new laws are not restricted to pedestrian crossings and mean that you must give way when a pedestrian gives you a clear intention that they wish to cross the road. A clear intention is defined as the pedestrian taking a step forward at the kerbside or giving a hand gesture to imply that they wish to cross.

The new rule does not apply less than 50 metres away from a pedestrian crossing.

Failure to ignore the pedestrian could mean a fine of up to €135 or four points on your license.

 

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