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    Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France - BBC News

    On my recent drive from Dieppe to the Med I noticed nearly all cameras wrapped in black plastic ...

    At the time I thought they had been disabled due to the change from 90kph to 80kph limits and were awaiting recalibration.

    Evidently not!

    As an aside I note that TomTom have updated their maps to reflect the lowered limit. There are some inconsistencies where the limit remains at 90kph e.g. on multiple lane roads without a physical barrier between opposing carriageways. Here TomTom has played safe and shows the limit as 80kph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    As an aside I note that TomTom have updated their maps to reflect the lowered limit. There are some inconsistencies where the limit remains at 90kph e.g. on multiple lane roads without a physical barrier between opposing carriageways. Here TomTom has played safe and shows the limit as 80kph.
    I honestly can't make out what the limits are. They don't seem to follow the published rules.

    In France in November, I saw four lane roads with no central barrier with 90 limit signs both ways. There were three lane roads with the two lane direction getting a 90 sign and the one lane side getting a 80 sign.

    It seems that the central barrier is only needed to get the 90 limit when there is just one lane in each direction. But I can't find that written down anywhere: I just observed it on the roads.
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    Yes ...

    That is pretty much what I observed.
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    Somebody must have made a few bob supplying the many 80 signs and installing them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    As an aside I note that TomTom have updated their maps to reflect the lowered limit. There are some inconsistencies where the limit remains at 90kph e.g. on multiple lane roads without a physical barrier between opposing carriageways. Here TomTom has played safe and shows the limit as 80kph.
    Not done a lot of mileage within France this year, just cutting across the north east a few times, TomTom seemed to be correct on the later trips when limit had changed.

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    I try and keep to 50 / 60 mph so no real problem and use the sat nag set at KPH just in case, as a speedo (I can't see the one on the dash!!) I do have a dear friend here who will annually update the 'Oppy get lost machine, so hopefully we will be safe on our next forray, health permitting
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    We saw this as well on our last trip all speed cameras were either sprayed or wrapped in plastic. The French consider them as a tax and therefore stopped it being able to collect. Going out again in a couple of weeks so will see if there still wrapped
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
    Somebody must have made a few bob supplying the many 80 signs and installing them!

    One of Macron's mates no doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by POI Admin View Post
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    As an aside I note that TomTom have updated their maps to reflect the lowered limit. There are some inconsistencies where the limit remains at 90kph e.g. on multiple lane roads without a physical barrier between opposing carriageways. Here TomTom has played safe and shows the limit as 80kph.
    When in France in early August through to mid September 2018, I found that my Garmin was consistent with road signage in terms of 80 and 90 km/h limits. On the other hand, as for some years, there were inconsistencies in respect of start location of 50 km/h limits (where the speed limit signs had been moved further out) and the location of 30 km/h limits, with some not being shown on the Garmin while it showed others that were not indicated by signage.
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    We have seen the speed cameras smashed, some set on fire and others wrapped in black plastic, I don't think we saw one that was working.
    TomTom was pretty accurate with the speed signs but I still kept vigilant
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