Stirring your car in front of your house. Is possible ?

In French law, anything that is not forbidden is allowed. In fact, everyone’s freedom is framed by prohibitions enacted by law or regulation. Are there texts prohibiting car repairs in front of the house? What is the risk of non-compliance with applicable regulations? Argus enlightens you on what is allowed … or not!

There is nothing in law but regulations that set limits

Mechanical traffic on public roads or spaces accessible to the public is strictly prohibited.

Contrary to popular belief, no law strictly forbids putting your nose under the hood of a car to maintain or repair it in front of your home. Yes, but not in front of your garage, because article R. 411-10 of the traffic code penalizes parking with a fine of 2th class (fixed fine of € 35 with possible increase within the limit of € 150). Therefore, it is necessary to plan the immobilization of the vehicle in another place.

The regulations set other general limits that may prohibit noisy or polluting operations:

  • Article R. 1337 of the Public Health Code prohibits “ any particular noise likely to affect the tranquility of the neighborhood or the health of the man (3th class subject to a fixed fine of € 68 which can be increased to € 450);
  • Article R. 634-2 of the Penal Code punishes with a fine of 4th classify spill as “ unhealthy liquid outside authorized places (fixed fine of € 68, the increase of which can reach € 450);
  • Article R. 116-2 of the Highway Code penalizes a maximum fine of € 1,500 (infraction of 5th class) the fact of ” spilling or throwing substances on public roads that could harm the health and safety of citizens or disturb the public. »

Therefore, it is theoretically possible to stain in front of the house, but without noise and without any pollution. Because if oil, coolant or even dishwashing liquid flowed on the public road, the offending mechanic could be fined. In theory, because in reality, DIY on public roads or spaces accessible to the public is strictly prohibited in the vast majority of municipalities in France.

Orders banning “wild” mechanics.

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You can only do mechanics inside your property (patio, garden, garage). Condominiums are not affected.

Most French departments and communes ban what is described as “wild” mechanics. Thus, the orders issued by mayors or prefects generally suppress any mechanical activity on public roads, as well as in private spaces open to the public. Failure to comply with these municipal or prefectural orders is punishable by a fine of 2th class (fixed fine of € 35 with an increase of up to € 150).

Therefore, these local regulations are an obstacle to the repair and maintenance of vehicles in front of your home. in a public car park or even in a car park if it is accessible to the public. When it comes to parking in residences, DIY is very often prohibited by condominium regulations. Apart from emergencies to restart a vehicle after an accidental breakdown, it is only possible to intervene inside the property (patio, garden, garage).

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Solidarity garages welcome you to repair your car yourself at a lower price.
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Home repair marks must be adapted in order to make repairs.

A mechanic who works from home will not be able to work on the public road or in front of his client’s garage, the vehicle must be parked in the private plot of the latter.

For those who do not have a private space to work their car, there are solidarity garages and associations that offer premises and tools at a good price to do mechanics legally, without risking the slightest penalty. An interesting solution for amateur mechanics who have no ground to express their talent … unless they live in one of the few municipalities that tolerate car mechanics in public spaces, without noise or pollution, of course.

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