Important: maximum speed in France has been reduced

Are you planning a well-deserved break in France with your car this summer? Then please note that the maximum speed on two-way roads has been reduced from 1 July 2018. It’s been reduced by 10 km/h, so from 90 km/h to 80 km/h.

This change applies to two-way roads without a central reservation, or ‘routes nationales’ (national roads) and ‘routes départementales’ (regional roads). Good to know before you start your trip to France! Extra tip: Check if you need to update your navigation system to take this change into account.

On the road with a car and caravan

If you’re going on holiday with a car and a caravan with a combined weight of less than 3500 kilograms, you’ll also need to abide by the new maximum speed. If your combined weight is over 3500 kilograms, nothing changes for you, since the maximum speed for your combination was already 80 km/h.

Source: Sécurité routière tous responsables

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  • Author: Lucia Velthuis
  • Lucia started camping with her parents when she was just a little kid. Nowadays she still goes camping, but now with her boyfriend. She loves the outdoors, the friendliness of campers and just exploring every bit of Europe with a tent. Going on city trips is also a thing Lucia loves to do! Her favourite destinations are United Kingdom, Spain and Iceland.

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    I visited camping de hooghe heide, s-hertogensboch 30/06/18 and found staff in restaurant very rude and ignored my attempts at finding a seat or even ordering a meal. The owner, at reception, didn’t even want to know about my ccc card, preferring caravan club card instead, as if to say “we don’t want to know that club”. I won’t be returning, or even recommending, that site

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      Hi Andy,

      Sorry to hear that you’ve had such a bad experience at Campsite Hooghe Heide. Camping should be fun! However the CampingCard ACSI is not valid at Campsite Hooghe Heide. But on https://www.campingcard.co.uk/netherlands/ you can find all the campsites where the CampingCard ACSI is valid. Extra tip: Check the acceptance dates per campsite.

      Hopefully you will enjoy the rest of your camping holiday!

      Kind regards,

      Lucia

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      We have found most places and people in Belgium off hand to say theleast

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        Hi Susan,

        It is a shame to hear that. We would very much appreciate when there is problem at a campsite where the CampingCard ACSI is applicable, that you call our Customer service via +31(0)488-471434.

        Kind regards,

        Lucia

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    Very helpful and important information for all of us that cross the channel regarding reduced speed limits. I must point out that your info is a bit confusing. You first say that this change is on ‘dual-carriageways’, reading on you say this change applies to ‘two way roads without a central resivation’! Dual carriageway ways DO have a central resivation. So which is correct?

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      Hello,

      Sorry to hear that it is a bit confusing. The change applies to two-way roads without a central resivation (so a single carriageway with two lanes, each lane for each direction).

      Hopefully this makes it a bit more clear.

      Kind regards,

      Lucia

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        Thanks for your reply Lucia, I fully understand now. Thanks again for posting this info, regards John….

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    How long do you think it will be before the new speed will be signed on all the relative roads?

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      Hi Richard,

      Since the 1st of July the new signage should be adjusted everywhere.

      Kind regards,

      Lucia

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    You mention that the reduction of speed is for a ca and caravan. Does the restroom also apply to Motorhomes and Campervans ?

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      Hi Stuart,

      Also campervans and motorhomes should abide to the new maximum speed limit of 80 km/h.

      Kind regards,

      Lucia

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