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Mandatory car accessories: safety vest, triangle...

Verified 15 février 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

To travel in France with private car, a safety vest and a warning triangle must be in the vehicle. The vehicle shall have functioning lights and front windows that let 70% of the light through. The absence of these facilities constitutes a offence and results in a more or less significant violation.

You must have the following approved equipment in your vehicle:

  • Fluorescent safety vest (marking EC)
  • Pre-signalling triangle (marking E 27 R).

The vest must be stored at hand.

The vest and/or triangle shall be used when the vehicle immobilisation constitutes a danger to traffic.

You must place the triangle at least 30 metres away from the vehicle or obstacle to be reported and turn on your hazard lights.

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

  Please note : you don't have to set up the triangle if that action could put your life at risk.

It is recommended to have a spare wheel and equipment in your vehicle to install it.

  Warning : driving with tyres in poor condition is prohibited. If checked, you risk a fine of up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135. The immobilisation of the vehicle may be ordered.

Every vehicle shall be equipped with functioning lights.

Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to €450. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €68.

The immobilisation of the vehicle may be ordered.

If a light bulb fails, you must replace it immediately.

Therefore, it is recommended to have spare light bulbs in your vehicle.

The windscreen and front side windows (driver and passenger side) shall be sufficiently transparent from both the inside and the outside.

They must transmit at least 70% of the light.

It is forbidden to change the characteristics of the windows except for medical reasons.

Failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by a 3-point withdrawal from the licence and a fine of up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.