The minimum age in France to drive a car is 18 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence and be 18 years or older. The minimum ages to ride varying sizes of scooters or motor bikes vary, beginning with mopeds (cyclomoteurs) of under 50cc where it is 14 years subject to the conditions outlined on this Information Page: French Driving Licences.
By law, one red warning triangle and one high-visibility waistcoat/vest must be carried in a vehicle. In the event of breakdown the driver must put on the safety jacket before leaving the vehicle, and then place the warning triangle 30 metres from the breakdown to warn approaching traffic. Failure to carry these items in the vehicle is punishable by a fine incurred per item not carried.
Drivers of motorbikes are not obliged to carry a warning triangle or a high-visibility vest.
The Securité Routiere has a section dedicated to motorbikes:
Pedestrians have priority over cars when crossing a road, provided that they display a clear intention to cross (a step forward or hand gesture). If a designated pedestrian crossing is less than 50 metres away, the rule does not apply. Drivers not yielding to pedestrians could lose four points from their licence and incur a fine.
Bicycles are allowed to turn right on a red light, if signage indicates it is allowed. Cyclists may travel against the traffic on one-way roads in zones where the speed is limited to 30 Km/h, unless there is a sign indicating it is not allowed.
Hitch-hiking is common in France, both on minor and major roads including the motorways. Hitch-hikers can often be seen by the side of the road, or at péages. There is also an organisation called Allostop which puts hitch-hikers in touch with drivers who pay a minimal fee.
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