Can anyone advise please? France

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BobG
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Can anyone advise please? France

Postby BobG » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:59 pm

Hi everyone

The boiling weather today has reminded me there is a question to which I would very much appreciate the answer. Next May I am off for a drive down through France to the Pryenees. As I have an LED lit Audi R8 what is the position with regard to the rquirement to carry a spare set of bulbs whilst in France? What spare bulb(s), if any, do I need to carry with me? Mind you, I wouldn't have a clue how to fit one if an LED did blow up.

Obviously I'm aware of warning triangles, breath test kits and hi viz jacket. It's the bulbs I'm stumped on.

Cheers everyone

BobG

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Re: Can anyone advise please? France

Postby Horse » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:53 am

I have LED lighting on my SEAT (and very good too). I read it was £1k to replace a headlamp unit, so I wouldn't be taking a spare for both left and right front units.
Your 'standard' is how you drive alone, not how you drive during a test.

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Re: Can anyone advise please? France

Postby kfae8959 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:00 am

It's not a legal requirement, just a recommendation. Since you've got LEDs, you would not expect them to fail as you might a filament bulb.

Full advice for driving in France is on the AA website: https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe/country-by-country/france-and-monaco#compulsory.

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Re: Can anyone advise please? France

Postby Triquet » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:05 am

I suspect it's one of those legacy regulations that date back to when most cars had easily replaceable bulbs. It's been overtaken by events rather. I go to France quite regularly and carry one of those little spare bulb kits (not sure whether any of them actually fit the Saab Aero ... )

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Re: Can anyone advise please? France

Postby angus » Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:37 pm

Alternatively, just carry a bulb kit anyway. Doubt they'll check they're the right bulbs for your car.

You don't need the breath test kits either - there's no penalty for not having them.

Enjoy the Pyrenees - we walked le Chemin de la Liberté last year

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Re: Can anyone advise please? France

Postby BobG » Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:50 pm

Thank you one and all. That's really helpful. Clearly I've been misadvised in some aspects haven't I? I'll go look at that AA site now. Thanks again.

BobG


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