From 1 July 2015 a new regulation comes into force in France forbidding all drivers from wearing any device capable of emitting sound in their ear. This applies to all road users driving with a steering wheel (truck, van and car) or a handlebar (motorbike, scooter, moped and bicycle).

The prohibition applies not only to telephone conversations but also to music and radio whenever the sound passes through a device in contact with the ears. This new decree complements the existing prohibition from using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving and is a class 4 offence, making the driver liable to a fine of €135 (and deduction of three points for French national drivers).

Do you permit your drivers to take their company vehicles abroad?  Make sure they are aware of relevant overseas legislation before they go.  Electronic Driver Services (EDS) from Jaama is an online repository for all fleet information and can be accessed by drivers from an array of mobile devices.  Call Jaama on 0844 8484 333 to find out more