Travel insurance: French to impound speeding Britons' cars

Monday, 10 July 2006

British tourists are being warned their cars could be impounded if they break the speed limit while on holiday in France this summer.

French police have been given new powers to allow them to detain vehicles until on-the-spot-fines have been paid, some of which could top £260.

And particularly bad drivers will not be allowed their cars back until a French judge has ruled the vehicle can be released.

The new laws mean Britons heading abroad need to think more carefully about French laws and their ability to drive on foreign roads safely.

Remy Heitz, head of the French Road Safety Campaign, said: "People drive faster when they are abroad because they perhaps don't understand French laws, or because they feel more relaxed and don't think they're going to get fined.

"We want to be more efficient and ensure that no one has a feeling of immunity on the roads. No one should think that they can slip through the net."

Drivers looking to take their car abroad or hire one overseas should also make sure they have the correct travel insurance documents with them.

Drivers who are involved in an accident when out of the country could face huge medical costs if they do not have the correct travel insurance to cover them.

Experts advise checking on the internet for a cheap travel insurance quote online.

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