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Message posted by Kelper20/3/2019 at 6:49pm
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Message posted by The 2 Tops23/3/2019 at 10:56am
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The speedometers on my last two vehicles had silly little grey numbers for the kph and were difficult to read. I simply set my satnav to read in kph and relied on that.
My current car's speedo is no different, except that the speed in kph is permanently given in the instrument MFD display. This car has a built in satnav which allows the actual speed to be shown in either mph or kph. So there is some degree of improvement.
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Like you I set my sat-nav for km`s when in Europe. It is more visible than my Ducato speedo, and more accurate.

Message posted by billy04/11/2020 at 4:28pm
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Quote: Originally posted by saxo1 on 19/3/2019
The thing that annoys me is when someone commits an offence and then whinges when they get caught!

It seems to be no matter how fast you are travelling a French driver will always drive up your tailpipe.
saxo1



Agreed on both counts saxo.

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18/10/2020 at 15hr56
Direction Castejaloux vers Bouglon etc blah !

Billyís Berlingo + caravan caught bang to rights. 86k in 80k limit. I hope all the locals coming past me all the way along that arrow straight downgraded Route Nationale got nicked as well.

Checking device was a Fusion 2 Mesta which google tells me is a fixed speed camera. I even found a picture of the actual camera used on a French speed camera website.

But I ainít bitter. Paid the 45Ä fine online & move on.

Yes it was all official French gouv. paperwork & not from some dodgy collection agency.

It could have been much worse. Get nicked in the UK & itís £100 fine + 3points.

I donít know if EU countries will still have direct access to DVLA database next year.

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Message posted by longcol08/11/2020 at 1:06am
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Lived in France for the last two years (after more than 30 plus holidays and visits). Drive a car brought over from England (since got French no. plate, MOT equivalent, insurance etc)- R/H Drive, Speedo dial MPH with kph in small figures you'd need far more than a glance to see.

The following km/h / mph I use are pretty much guaranteed to keep you within French speed limit - esp. if you drive a couple of mph lower. These are the ones most commonly found in France.

30 km/h = 20 mph (usually city / town / village centres with narrow streets / large numbers of pedestrians).

50 km/h = 30 mph (normal limit in built up area).

70 km/h = 40 mph (eg exiting built up area / passing buildings or approaching junctions / bends in countryside).

80 km/h = 50 mph - normal speed limit on single carriageway road.

90 km/h = 60 mph - eg dual carriageway / two lanes one direction one lane the other (often on a bypass) / motorways in urban areas.

110 km/h = 70 mph - most non urban dual carriageways / motorways in wet weather.

130 km/h = 80 mph - motorways except in wet weather.

Won't guarantee you won't get tail piped or overtaken

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Message posted by billy08/11/2020 at 7:28am
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Cheers for posting all that Col but yes it is a difficult one. I do know how annoyed plenty of French drivers are that the limit was reduced from 90 to 80. You can see 80 speed limit signs sprayed over with spray cans. I find if I stick exactly to an indicated 50mph ie 80k I have locals sitting on my bumper & overtaking anyway they can. Often at risk to other road users including me. Most still seem to drive at 90 particularly on long straight stretches of old route nationale as this road is. I find it is safer to go with the flow but obviously at risk of getting nicked.

Which is why they put speed cameras on those sort of roads. So once bitten twice shy. In future I will set car speed limiter for 50mph & those behind can wait, fume & take whatever risks they choose.

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Speeding fines are the last of the great voluntary taxes.

Recently we received a ticket for travelling at 37kph in a 30kph zone. I noticed that the first 5kph over the limit were ignored to allow for calibration errors of speedometers, so we had to pay Ä100 for 2kph.


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Quote: Originally posted by SGThomas on 08/11/2020
Speeding fines are the last of the great voluntary taxes.

Recently we received a ticket for travelling at 37kph in a 30kph zone. I noticed that the first 5kph over the limit were ignored to allow for calibration errors of speedometers, so we had to pay Ä100 for 2kph.



But you were still 7kph over the speed limit, if it had been 2kph you would have got away with it.


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