Motorists convicted of "minor speedsing" will no longer be able to have points taken from their driving licence. This reflection is currently underway at the Ministry of the Interior, AFP learnt from the square. Beauvau Wednesday, May 26.
According to a Ministry of the Interior source, "We will not hit you much harder on small speeding tickets." The ministry stated that you would not lose a point if your speed is 5 km/h over the allowed speed. However, the ministry noted that fines for these offenses would be kept.
According to a reply from the Ministry of the Interior to a written query by Francoise Dumont (LR), in April 2022, 58% of the 12.5 millions tickets for speeding were issued to 2020.
The ministry said that the driver's license as well as the gray card would be "also fully digitalized". It hopes to have digitization in place within "a year and half, two years". The ministry stated that this operation will make it possible for the sanctioned driver to prove their fault, and not a third party. This is to prevent drivers from making false statements in order to avoid points being withdrawn.
This reflection occurs between the presidential election and the legislative elections. It is a delicate subject for some French people.
The July 2018 lowering of the speed limit from 90 to 80 km/h on two-way secondary roads that do not have a central separator was met with strong protests from yellow vests. This is where fatal accidents occur most.
Chantal Perrichon, president, League against Road Violence, says the track proposed by the ministry is "regrettable". She asserts that it would be "crass, hallucinating ignorance" to suggest such a track:
Anne Lavaud (general delegate Road Prevention association), believes that creating "elasticity at threshold" could be taken as an invitation to drive faster at a time where road safety figures have been rising again. She stated that this "seems to undermine the point licence system, which is often taken as an example abroad and valued by the French."
Pierre Chasseray is the general delegate for the 40 million motorists association.
According to Road Safety, 2,947 people were killed on France's roads in 2021. This is a drop of 9% from the 2019 pre-pandemic year.
262 people were killed on roads in France in April (203) and 11% more than in April 2019. 262 people died on the roads of France in April, which is 29% more than April 2021 (203) or 11% more than April 2019.