A successful visit from Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, on September 13-14 to Beijing, has led to the conclusion of an old bilateral agreement case that has been under negotiation for many years: the mutual recognition of driving licenses.
The result of the latest talks means that the official date of the new law being introduced onto the roads of China and France will be confirmed in only a few weeks’ time. So, please prepare for your new found freedom on the roads!
As for the regulations, according to China Daily, holders of Chinese licenses in France will be able to drive legally provided they hold a valid Chinese driving license and a translated version. Holders of valid French driving licenses in China can apply for temporary driving approval, which exempts them from the physical examination and tests otherwise required for a license.
Drivers are still required to only drive the approved type of motor vehicle clearly stated on their licenses. The types include medium sized passenger cars, large freight cars, small cars, and motorcycles.