Say What? France new highway code rules: pedestrians now always have priority over cars image

Earlier this week some important changes were made to the French Highway Code (Le Code de la Route) following publication of a decree.

Cyclists and pedestrians have been given new rights over cars in a series of changes to the highway code in France.

So, whith the new rull, pedestrians now always have priority over cars when crossing a road.

They need to “show a clear intention to cross” a road and vehicles are required to stop for them. A clear intention is defined as the pedestrian taking a step forward at the kerbside or giving a hand gesture to imply that they wish to cross.

The new rule does not apply less than 50 metres away from a pedestrian crossing.

Drivers who ignore the rules face a fine of €135 or could lose four points from their licence.

Also, bicycles can now legally skip a red light to turn right, but only at crossroads where a sign says so.

Now in our opinion such a regulation is likely to do more harm than good.
Moreover, say a pedestrian crosses the street, you hit him, he says he waved, you say he didn’t. No witnesses around. Who’s right?

Also, does this mean that if there were 5 pedestrians waiting along a road of 100m we are obliged to brake/stop/be alert every 20m? Or, if you are an American for ex … how you will know about this rule ? What … They will install huge ads with this new rule outside the airport!? Or how ?

Now how’s that??? What’s your opinion?

  • ElRusso

    This has to be the most stupid law I have ever heard of! Leaving aside the reasons you have mentioned, this will create traffic jams worse that what is in Bucharest at rush hours!

  • jbjlb

    Make them cross at the blinking light like in the UK

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  • Kurt

    Here in the US, that would be called "jay-walking". Pedestrians can be ticketed for doing so. Obviously, driver's must be alert to pedestrians at all times. But knowing that they can't cross streets wherever they want means that fewer pedestrians attempt crossings outside of established crosswalks. And, when they do, they are usually careful to wait until there are no cars coming. This French rule will almost certainly increase traffic problems and (adversely) add to the numbers of pedestrians who get hit by cars.

    • inautonews

      perfectly agree with you Kurt

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