France Bans Drivers From Using Phones Even When Stopped

A high court ruling in France means it will now be illegal to hold your phone on public roads, even when pulled over and with the engine turned off.

Le Figaro reports that in an attempt to reverse the increasing number of road deaths in the country, a new ruling has amended what the current law means when it states ‘circulating in traffic’. Consequently, drivers can no longer pull over to check their phone. Instead, they must be parked in a designated spot.

The only exception to this law is if someone has had an accident or breakdown and needs to make a call or send a text.

Those found to be breaking the amended law can be hit with points on their license and a fine of 135 euros.

This ruling is just the latest attempt from French authorities to reduce the road toll. Recently, a decision was also made to reduce the speed limit on two-lane roads from 90 to 80 km/h.

As expected, not everyone is pleased with the new mobile phone law. Speaking to Le Figaro, spokesperson Yves Carras from the country’s equivalent to the AAA indicated the law is short-sighted.

“I think we should encourage motorists to stop when they’re using their phones,” he said.

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  • annon

    please don’t forget to “push” this through in EU parliament so that they can implement & f***k it up for all remaining EU countries – so much for BT technology…WTF???

  • Ilbirs

    France going the path of juristocracy. How many more years it will take for this country to tumbling down?

    • TheHake

      Not long now…

  • Zed68

    As a french man I have to say this : “merde !”

    • Zed68

      Not that it’s bad to stop idiots from texting or checking their phones while driving but they aren’t even truly enforcing the “no phone while driving” rule, and they just add some new ones. Oh and the 80 instead of 90 on standard roads is based on totally non-conclusive studies.

  • EyalN

    just go to no go zones and you can do whatever you want. the police in france don’t dare going to big parts of the country so who is going to check what you are doing with your phone?

    • Dr Strangefinger

      A NO-Go Zone Road Rally movie would be awesome!!! Think French Death Race.

      • TheHake

        Yes, it can be made in Rotterdam…

  • Felix Le Forestier

    La libertééééé

  • Ken Lyns

    So, make sure your vehicle has Android Auto or some other way to interface the head unit with your phone.

  • TheBelltower

    Good. I was just rear ended two weeks ago by a woman who was on her phone while sitting at a stop light. $12k worth of damage to my new car because this moron was instagramming after her fu#king yoga class.

  • Sébastien

    90 to 80kph isnt enacted yet

  • smartacus

    as long as it’s still perfectly legal for that Goolag phone to spy on your every move,
    and expect you to sign away your privacy for the privilege:)

  • DMax

    This is already a thing in US. Got a ticket for changing a song in spotify while sitting at a red light in heavy traffic. However banning it’s use when pulled over and engine off is just beyond stupid. The only point in this is that police needs more ways to collect money.

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