Reader question: Are there any penalties in France for driving too slowly? R.G.
Yes, it is possible to be fined for going too slowly.
The Code de la Route, article R413- 19 states that you should not “disturb the normal movement of vehicles by driving abnormally slowly for no good reason”.
In particular, it is illegal to go less than 80km/h in the fast lane of a motorway, under normal conditions.
It is also illegal to drive in the middle lane if there is no vehicle blocking the right-hand (slower) lane.
However, the penalty if the police catch you going too slowly or driving in the middle lane is not steep – a €35 fine, reduced to €22 for quick payment. You will also not lose any driving licence points from a French licence.
For a driver in the right-hand lane of a motorway with a vehicle in the middle lane preventing him from overtaking, it is essential to cross the two left-hand lanes to overtake.
Overtaking from the right is a Class 4 offence which means a fine of €135, reduced to €90 if paid within 15 days, and a loss of 3 points on the driving licence.
Also, you must not forget to turn on your indicator, otherwise three extra points will be deducted, along with a fine of €35, reduced to €22 for quick payment.