21 Jun 2004

France toughens law on driving offences in Pacific territories

3:54 pm on 21 June 2004

The French government has announced that it will extend a law on stricter penalties for driving offences to all three Pacific territories.

The new ordinance was published at the weekend and now also applies to French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia.

The law, adopted in France a year ago, provides for stiffer penalties for causing bodily harm because of careless driving.

It also provides for the introduction of restricted licences for young drivers.