French drivers in wrong motorway lanes risk €150 fine

Drivers in France who linger in the middle or left lanes of a motorway without good reason can now be punished with a fine of up to €150.

11 August 2019
Staying in the middle or left lane of a motorway without good reason risks landing drivers with a fine
By Connexion journalist

Under normal conditions, the middle and left lanes of a three-lane motorway are intended to be used for overtaking only, and in the left lane, drivers must reach a speed of at least 80 kph.

Drivers who remain in the middle and left lanes without good reason - such as, for example, when instructed by police or in the case of an accident - now risk a fine of €35, under the code de la route, article R412-9.

The amount drops to €22 in case of immediate payment, and rises to €150 if paid late.

Similarly, moving lanes without indicating safely - either to overtake, or to get back in lane - can also be punished by a fine of €35 and three points on your driving licence.

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