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 close upInstead of flying, many people opt to drive to Spain, either taking the ferry to Northern Spain then heading down or making the journey through France - but with the tolls not always a cheap option. But be aware that a change in EU law, which comes into effect on May 6 means that British motorists risk being fined up to €750 for speeding.

dvlaAn EU directive will give France, Spain and other European countries the power to obtain driver details through DVLA to chase up payment.

An estimated half a million British motorists are flashed on French speed cameras, which up until now have largely gone unpunished, unless actually stopped by the police and issued with an on the spot fine.


UK licenseThe new directive covers eight offenses including speeding; failing to stop at a red light; failing to wear a seat belt and using a mobile phone whilst at the wheel. The rule was passed back in 2015, but the UK was given a two-year exemption, which is about to finish.

FullSizeRender55The Department of Transport has said that once Britain leaves the EU in 2019 they will seek to revoke the rule… but until then, be careful and abide by the speed limits - otherwise it could become an even costlier journey over, on top of the pricey tolls, especially through France!

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