1. Which side of the road should I drive on in Calais?
In Calais, as in the rest of France, you should drive on the right-hand side of the road.
2. What's the speed limit for a campervan in Calais?
In urban areas, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h, on open roads it's 80 km/h, and on motorways it's typically 130 km/h, weather permitting. However, for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, including campervans, the speed limit is 110 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on open roads and 50 km/h in urban areas.
3. Where can I park my campervan in Calais?
Designated parking spaces for campervans are available in various locations around Calais. It's essential to park in allocated spaces to avoid fines.
4. How do the toll roads work in Calais?
Toll roads in France are often denoted as 'Peage'. You'll receive a ticket upon entry to these roads, which you'll need to provide and pay for upon exit. The cost depends on the distance travelled and vehicle type.
5. Can I drive in Calais with my UK driving licence?
If you have a photocard licence issued in the UK, you can drive in France. However, you're advised to get an International Driving Permit if you have a paper licence or your licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.
6. Are there plenty of service areas on the motorways?
Yes, service areas are abundant on French motorways and offer facilities such as toilets, cafes and fuel stations.
7. How can I be alerted about speed cameras?
While GPS with speed camera alerts are legal in France, devices or software that actively interfere with operation are not. Ensure that your device is set according to French law.
8. What are the regulations concerning the use of headlights?
The use of dipped headlights is compulsory in poor visibility and at night. Daytime running lights are not compulsory.
9. Are there any specific laws about horn usage?
Horn usage is prohibited in populated areas except in cases of immediate danger. Use your lights to signal in these areas instead.
10. What happens if I receive a traffic fine while in Calais?
If you receive a fine, you should pay it promptly to avoid additional charges. Non-residents will receive fines by post which can be paid online.
11. Is it easy to navigate through the traffic in Calais?
Like in any city, traffic can be dense during peak hours; but with a good GPS system, navigating through Calais is manageable.
12. What happens in the event of a breakdown or accident?
If your vehicle breaks down or you have an accident, you would typically call the emergency services on 112. It´s recommended you also contact your campervan hire company.
13. Is it mandatory to carry any specific safety equipment in the campervan?
Yes. A warning triangle and high-visibility vest are mandatory for each occupant of the vehicle and should be used in the event of a breakdown or accident.
14. Are there any specific rules regarding children travelling in the campervan?
Yes. Children under 10 are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a vehicle and must be in an age-appropriate child seat or booster seat, fitted in line with the manufacturer´s instructions.
15. Can I take my campervan on a ferry from Calais?
Yes, ferries operating from Calais to the UK allow campervans. It would be best to check with the respective ferry company for any specific restrictions based on the size or weight of your campervan.