Driving, aid for bike purchase, crime: 5 French practical updates

Our round up of practical articles you may have missed

We also look at exchange rates, and electric vehicle grants and costs
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Driving licence changes on way

The EU parliament has voted in favour of a number of changes to driving licence rules in the bloc.

Changes include stricter rules for new drivers, a push to hire more lorry and bus drivers, and potentially new elements to driving tests.

However, mandatory medical tests alongside licence renewals will not be required, even though the EU is ‘inviting’ countries to implement these.

Read more: EU parliament votes against mandatory medical visits for drivers

Read more: Phones, tests, lorries: Changes on way for (some) drivers in France

Check if burglaries are common in your area

Burglary rates increased by 3% in 2023 across France although in some places it more than quadrupled. Rural areas in particular have seen an increase.

We highlight a number of tips for rural homeowners to keep their homes safe, including blurring out your property on Google Maps.

Read more: Burglaries in rural France: areas most at risk and tips to avoid

Electric cars in France

This article from our ‘Explainer’ series looks at the increasing use of electric cars (EVs) in France.

It covers both initial costs and upkeep, as well as the government aid you may be eligible for.

However, some issues persist, including the high maintenance costs and finding charging ports when out driving.

Read more: Explained: Electric vehicle grants, maintenance and charging in France

Exchange rates for income tax

Those who need to declare non-French income during tax season can often be confused at what exchange rates to use.

We cover the exchange rates for the main Anglophone currencies.

Income declarations for 2023 will need to be made between April and June this year.

Read more: What euro exchange rate do I use for my French income tax declaration?

Bike purchasing bonuses

Government aides to help purchase bikes – both traditional and electric ‘e-bikes’ – have been extended to 2027.

Aides can reach up to €2,000 for the most expensive models, or €400 for traditional bikes.

Even if you do not qualify for the bonuses, you can reach out to local authorities who may be able to offer alternatives.

Read more: France extends bike aid scheme and adds second-hand bikes

Changes and dates

Finally, here are some articles covering key dates this month, as well as changes for those living in France coming into force during March.

Read more: National cheese day, clocks: March dates to note in France

Read more: What changes in France in March 2024 for residents