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Not carrying a safety vest will now be fined.
As from 1 July this year, all French cars were obliged to carry a safety triangle and high visibility vest on board. In order to give people a chance to equip themselves the police did not fine drivers that did not carry the vest in case of an accident or breakdown. But this week, 1 October, the law will enter into force and thus driving without the appropriate vest and triangle can be fined with up to €135. The vest must be carried inside the car, and not in the trunk!
Some of the bigger supermarkets and petrol stations will sell these security kits and you can also buy them on-line at http://www.securite-routiere.fr for about €12.
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