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UK NewsBeware the gendarmes: Almost 800,000 British drivers are at risk of fines in France this year as its speed camera tolerances are HALF the UK's

16:31  07 august  2019
16:31  07 august  2019 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

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Almost 800,000 Britons who travel across the Channel by car this year are at risk of being caught by speed traps due to a lack of knowledge, the AA has claimed.

These UK drivers in France, predominantly visiting for summer holidays, could be caught out because speed camera allowances in France are much lower, according to new estimates by the AA.

While most UK speed cameras have a tolerance of 10 per cent plus 2mph, cameras operated by France only allow for motorists to exceed the limit by half as much - meaning a fine from the gendarmes could be on the way for the unwitting.

Beware the gendarmes: Almost 800,000 British drivers are at risk of fines in France this year as its speed camera tolerances are HALF the UK's © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Oblivious UK drivers: The AA estimates that around 777,000 Britons risk being caught speeding in France by the end of the year because they are unaware that camera tolerances are lower than those used on our roads

A recent investigation found that most police-operated cameras in Britain had the same tolerances, with a handful also allowing for drivers to exceed the limit by 10 per cent plus 3mph.

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But cameras in France are not nearly as forgiving, triggering when a driver is five per cent over the limit.

A survey of 19,350 AA members found that one in five (21 per cent) were not aware that speed camera tolerances across the Channel are half what they are in the UK.

Nine per cent of respondents told the motoring organisation that they are going to be driving in France before the end of the year, the AA extrapolated this to suggest 3.7 million of the 40.8 million current UK licence holders would hit the roads on the other side of the Channel.

It claimed that 21 per cent risked setting off a speed trap due to their lack of knowledge about camera allowances in France, meaning the gendarmes - as the French police are known - could issue fines to some 777,000 British speeders by the end of 2019.

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And now that new rules give foreign police greater powers to pursue UK drivers for motoring offences committed in their countries, the chances of escaping these fines and much slimmer than before.

In fact, French speed limit enforcers have already requested 240,000 UK driver details from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) this year under the Mutual Legal Assistance agreement.

The UK signed up to the MLA scheme in May 2017, which requires all members to co-operate and share details about drivers who have broken laws in nations they don't live in.

Beware the gendarmes: Almost 800,000 British drivers are at risk of fines in France this year as its speed camera tolerances are HALF the UK's © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Most speed cameras in the UK allow for a tolerance of 10% plus 2mph. However, French cameras are triggered if drivers are more than 5% over the limit

A foreign police force can apply to the UK authorities for the driver information and under the MLA system the DVLA must supply their details.

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AA president, Edmund King, warned that French police are 'on a mission' to pursue law-breaking motorists and said all those planning journeys through Europe need to research driving rules in the countries they're visiting.

For instance, UK drivers need to be aware of France's lower speed limits in bad weather, which are 20 km/h lower on high speed roads.

And when visibility is less than 50 metres, the speed limit becomes 50 km/h.

Beware the gendarmes: Almost 800,000 British drivers are at risk of fines in France this year as its speed camera tolerances are HALF the UK's © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Foreign police now have greater powers to pursue UK drivers for motoring offences committed in their countries due to the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) agreement

'Year in and year out, UK holidaymakers driving abroad are advised to mug up on the road laws they are visiting. But too many don't,' he said.

'And now we know from official statistics that the French police are on a mission to chase up fines from British drivers before Brexit.

'Whether you're driving in the UK or France, if you stay within the limit you'll keep out of trouble.'

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There are more than two thousand stationary speed cameras on France's roads and motorways - and a number of unmarked mobile speed camera vans.

French speed cameras are not painted bright yellow, as they are in Britain - instead, they are usually grey, more hidden away and less obvious.

They do require a sign before the camera to warn one is coming up - but there is no regulation distance between that and the camera.

Speed camera warning devices in cars were also banned in 2011 in France - and those caught using one can be liable of a fine up to €1,500.

And it's not just speeding that could land UK drivers in hot water when driving overseas.

A new study by dashcam manufacturer Nextbase said that two thirds of Britons don't understand European road signs.

A panel of 2,000 motorists were shown a variety of European road signs and asked what they mean.

Worryingly, just two in five instructions were interpreted correctly on average, meaning many will be flouting rules when they're driving on the continent.

We've created our own European road sign quiz below. See how many you can identify correctly.

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