Penalties for the traffic rules violations in Lyon
The traffic rules violators in Lyon are applied a system of penalties, which divides all the violations into 5 classes:
- The first one – the driver does not comply with the parking rules;
- The second one – the driver changes the driving directions on the road without giving any signals and with no insurance certificate;
- The third one – a car leased in Lyon exceeds the speed limit for no more than 20 km/h.
- The fourth one – using a cell phone while driving;
- The fifth one – the speed limit is exceeded for more than 50 km/h.
Car booking in Lyon allows to travel along the motorways of France complying with the following standard speed limitations:
- A built-up area - 50 km/h;
- A motorway - 110 km/h
- A trunk highway - 130 km/h
- Outside a built-up area - 90 km/h.
For motor vehicles with trailers there are other speed restrictions.
During the wet weather there have been approved the following speed limits: for a motorway - 100 km/h, outside a built-up area - 80 km/h, for trunk highways - 110 km/h.
One of the most peculiar parking zones’ features in Lyon is their working conditions. A car hired in Lyon can be parked in any French city only for the time period of 24 hours. This rule works for one car parking zone only if it is not a long-time one.
You will be able to use the parking services by means of parking automated meters ("horodateurs"). The payment at such zones is performed by the credit cards. You should also remember that any parking area has free of charge hours from 7:00 PM to 9:00 AM. In some cities there are provided additional free of charge working hours for parking lots.
Permissible blood alcohol content level
For a person, who drives a motor vehicle, the permissible blood alcohol level equals to 0,5%. In case of exceeding this admissible threshold, the driver will be punished by a penalty.
It should be noted that since July 2012 all motor vehicle drivers are obliged to have a disposable breathalyzer. Starting your car trip, make sure of compliance with this point of the French legislation.
In Lyon there are used the lead-free (sans plomb) petrol, as well as the diesel fuel (Gazole) for car servicing. According to the traffic regulations in France it is allowed to transport fuel in special canisters. Along the motorways in a convenient access there can be found gas filling stations (LPG). Fuel prices at the fuel filling stations located along the motorways are a bit higher than those offered at the remote fuel filling stations.
Using of motorways in France is fee-based. That is why, starting your trip on a rented car from Lyon to the neighboring cities of the country, you should mind the necessity to perform a toll payment. You should also consider the need to pay special fares for passing through the tunnels and separate sections of the road.
The toll payment is based on the major traffic rates applied to passing along motorways, covered distance, and category of the car rented in Lyon.
Passing rates along the motorways
The system of toll roads in France is managed by several companies, located in different regions. The payment amount is always displayed on a digit board at the entrance to the toll section. The payment can be performed by cash, by credit card or through the system of remote payment.
Rates for the vehicular passage of passenger cars through some motorway in France:
|The total length of the motorway
||The motorway number on a road map
|Paris - Lille (221 km)
|Combles - border Belgium (62 km)
|Paris - Strasbourg (489 km)
|Paris - Langres (288 km)
|Paris - Lyon (465 km)
|Lyon - Marseille (315 km)
|La Fare-les-Oliviers - border Italy (240 km)
|Orange - border Spain (270 km)
|Paris - Bordeaux (571 km)
|Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines - Nantes (326 km)
|Paris - Caen (221 km)
|Paris - Dunkerque (261 km)
|Troyes - Calais (376 km)
|Abbeville - Tours (400 km)
|Beaune - Luxembourg (338 km)
|Dijon - Bourg-en-Bresse (146 km)
|Mâcon - Mont Blanc Tunnel (202 km)
|Lyon - border Italy (185 km)