La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...
French speed camera warning sign

Speed camera warning

On the motorway to Lorient, I noticed a green flashing light then it turned red, then back to green. As I got closer I realised it was a radar speed sign. I passed, it was green all is well. I turned the corner and passed a speed camera. Where was the sign? Was I concentrating so much on the green flashing radar sign that I missed it?

It appears not. The French government has announced that speed camera warning signs are to be removed from all roads in France, as part of a range of road safety measures.

Not only will the warning signs be removed, but information about the location of fixed radars will no longer be made publically available.

The government has already withdrawn a map indicating the location of speed cameras from their own website , and some prefectures have already begun taking down the signs.

The number of fixed radars has substantially increased in recent years, and, as part of the new measures, a further 1000 are to be installed by the end of 2012.

The government is to also experiment more widely with a new generation of radars, able to measure the speed of vehicles over a specific distance within a designated zone, and to distinguish between different types of vehicles and their permitted speed limits.

One other notable measure that has been announced is to ban the use of speed trap locator alerts, such as GPS navigational systems (TomTom, Mappy, Garmin etc). The use of these devices will also be punished by a fine of up to €1500 and the loss of six points on the licence (French licence points work in reverse to those in the UK).

There are around 5 million of these devices currently in circulation in France, so just what the government proposes to do about them remains unclear.

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