The Monegasque driving licence: what you need to know

Our agency’s private drivers all have a valid licence to drive in Monaco and France. There are many misconceptions about the Monegasque licence, and how to obtain it, which we will clarify in this article.

A European system to punish offenders

For many, having a foreign driver’s licence makes them think they can behave like reckless drivers in France and avoid the consequences. While it was once possible to circumvent fines or loss of points, this is no longer the case since August 2019.

France, Monaco and 19 member states of the European Union have set up a system for exchanging information on road traffic offences in order to prosecute offenders.

The Monegasque licence: who is it for?

To obtain a Monegasque licence, you must at least be a resident of the principality if you do not have nationality. This may include a secondary residence.

Thus, according to local law, after acquiring a residence in Monaco, a person may apply for the issue of a Monegasque licence if he or she already holds a foreign licence, within a maximum period of one year. Otherwise, if he/she wants to be able to drive around and obtain a city-state number plate, he/she must retake the test in an approved centre.

In any case, for convenience, it is often simpler to use the services of private drivers like ours to travel in the region and get around the city.

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The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

If the city-state of Monaco is mainly known for its hotels and luxury cars, its international events such as the Monaco Yacht Show or the Monte-Carlo Grand Prix, other activities make the city shine. Our private chauffeur agency is happy to introduce you to one of them and to take care of your trips to take you there: The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Prince Albert 1st

Prince Albert 1st reigned over Monaco from 10 September 1889 to 26 June 1922. He was nicknamed “the learned prince” or “the navigator prince” because he demonstrated scientific curiosity and a pioneering awareness of environmental issues. Among his many commitments, the most important was oceanography, and he thus participated in many research projects that led to a better understanding of the oceans.

Birth of the museum

In 1889, the Prince founded the “Oceanographic Institute of Monaco” which combines collections, laboratories and a museum. The first stone of the official museum was not laid until 1899. It is finally an imposing building, 85m high and enthroned on the rock of Monaco, which was inaugurated on 29th March 1910.

The museum nowadays

The Scholarly Prince’s promise has been kept and the museum still offers unique collections, funds scientific programs and works to address modern environmental issues. Among the collections, an aquarium can even be visited with no less than 90 ponds, 350 species of fish for more than 6,000 specimens.

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A private driver to help you discover ballets

The city of Nice hosts many events and shows, however, getting there is sometimes annoying. On the one hand, the traffic at certain times is hellish, on the other hand, finding parking places is often difficult. Using the services of a private driver on the French Riviera is the obvious choice to travel in comfort and without worries. Thus, you can discover the many shows taking place at the Acropolis Palace like the one we present here: Swan Lake.

Acropolis hosts the Russian Opera

Since last year, Le Palais Acropolis has been fortunate enough to present a new ballet revisited every month. Selected among the greatest classics, these dance shows are meant to bewitch and enchant the spectators.

The Nutcracker or Ravel’s Bolero are among the works in the spotlight.

Initially schedulled this month: Swan Lake. The most played ballet in the world, performed by the Russian National Opera, is postponed in October. Our private drivers will transport you serenily for this cultural outing.

Swan Lake

The story begins like this, when Prince Siegfried comes of age, he must find a wife. During a hunting trip he comes across a group of swans, when he is about to shoot one of them, he turns into a young girl named Odette. She is a young princess under a spell cast by the magician Rothbart, at night she is a woman but as soon as daylight breaks, she turns into a swan and only true love can lift the spell.

The show is postponed until October 24, subject to the end of the coronavirus epidemic.

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Private Driver Monaco continues its activity during the epidemic

As the Covid-19 outbreak intensifies, government measures call for only going out when necessary. They urge people to telework if possible. Yet there are still some essential jobs for which it is not possible to work remotely. Ours is one of them, our private driver agency continues to operate in order to take care of your travels as serenely as possible.

Why call on us?

The professional life of many of us cannot stop. We take care of transporting you to your appointments on the French Riviera. In addition, we can also take care of transfers between the airport and your hotel.

The strictest respect of hygiene rules

Our private drivers respect the instructions given by the doctors: do not get too close, no physical contact, wear a mask and above all wash your hands and disinfect the vehicles. In addition, in the cars there is bactericidal and viricidal hydroalcoholic gel and wipes for cleaning. Therefore, using our private transport services will save you from using crowded means of transport for your business trips.

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Authorities are enforcing good conduct while driving in Monaco and France

With more than two offences per year and per inhabitant committed in France, the Monegasques hold a very bad record. To counter this, the Monaco and French authorities have decided to cooperate more assiduously in fining offenders who think they are untouchable. One solution to avoid the risk of receiving the French ticket at home is to hire a luxury car with driver, at an unbeatable rate with Private driver Monaco!

40,000 inhabitants in Monaco, 100,000 offences in France by Monegasque plate drivers in 2018. This tarnishes Monaco’s reputation to such an extent that the highest Monegasque and French authorities have completed a project to exchange information in order to punish the perpetrators of traffic offences. It is now more than six months since the most uncivil and dangerous drivers have been caught despite their precious Monegasque licenses, which are reputed to be insolvent in France.

These bad drivers are therefore going to be hit in the wallet by the public safety authorities, which will be responsible for ensuring that payments are honored. On average, this type of cooperation achieves a recovery rate of 70 to 80% and the maneuver also aims to improve this.

Less expensive than a ticket, the journey with our private chauffeur service will take you safely and serenely to your destination.

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Driving safely in Monaco

They felt the heat! We’re talking about the owners of the Ferrari F40 which burst into flames on February 18th in the streets of Monaco. They were inside the vehicle, driving, when the fire broke out. They managed to get out before they were injured. What was also hot, as a result, was the heavy traffic that the incident caused just a stone’s throw from the Grimaldi Forum. Public Security officers took up the challenge to relieve the private drivers and drivers who were working at the time of the incident.

Not an uncommon event

Car fires are not as rare as one might think, it’s a common incident for firefighters. What is rare, if not impossible, is that it also causes the engine to explode. This is only seen in the movies.

What is also rare is the model that burned. The Ferrari F40 was produced in only 1315 units between 1987 and 1992. Its value is estimated at more than a million euros. While recovering for the shock, the owner couple could now call upon the services of a private driver company.

Entrusting their journeys to a private driver

In this case, it is quite understandable that you don’t want to get back behind the wheel yourself. The advantage of our chauffeur-driven car service is that our cars are brand new and maintained like new all year round. Safety is paramount to us, the engine, as well as the interior and bodywork of our luxury vehicles are checked to reduce the risk of technical incidents such as the one that occurred on this Ferrari to a minimum.

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Road safety as a New Year’s resolution

The transition from 2019 to 2020 has again taken place in the greatest serenity for our private drivers in Monaco. Thanks to the growing number of people who are taking responsibility for road safety, we have been able to bring the partygoers back home smoothly.

Times are changing

Incidents that might have been considered fatal once upon a time are now becoming history. A few years ago, it was commonplace, and therefore trivial, for festive nights such as New Year’s Eve to be the scene of disrespectful or even dangerous behavior on the road while driving around Monaco.

Fatigue and/or drunkenness at the wheel did not help drivers to control their vehicle.

Fortunately, mentalities have changed, whether attributed to the campaigns of the Monegasque and French governments, the development of chauffeured vehicle services, or simply to user awareness.

2020 is off to a good start!

In 2020, Private driver Monaco will still be there to drive you on the roads of the Principality of Monaco. Day or night, daily or for events, our team of experienced drivers is at your service!

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Return safely from New Year’s Eve in Monaco

Celebrating the last day of the year in Monaco is the height of New Year’s Eve! However, when you know the difficult traffic in the Principality, you may wonder if there is an alternative to the personal car to come to Monaco and return home in peace after the evening.

For a trip or for the evening?

To spend a serene New Year’s Eve, Private driver Monaco offers to drive you! Book your private chauffeur in a luxury sedan for the evening of the 31st according to your needs, directly on our website. Our personal driver services are flexible and can be tailored to your needs:

  • Plan your trip from point A to point B, pay online and enjoy!
  • Book a specific vehicle (sedan or van) for the entire evening with a dedicated driver.

Monaco shines

The end-of-year celebrations in Monaco attract thousands of visitors every year, and they know why they come to the Principality! The Christmas market is one of the most beautiful in the region, with its gourmet stands, attractions, entertainment… luxury shops put glitter in the eyes of passers-by, establishments strive to offer the most exquisite menus and evening programs. All this has the effect of encumbering road traffic. Make the most of this situation with Private driver Monaco, have a good holiday!

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Come and contemplate “The Odyssey of Marine Turtles” at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

Your private chauffeur agency presents you the exhibition “The Odyssey of Marine Turtles“. This exhibition invites its spectators to discover a route dedicated to marine turtles. It takes place in the magnificent Monaco Oceanographic Museum located on Avenue Saint-Martin until 1 January 2020.

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Come and visit Monaco’s Christmas market

Christmas will be here soon! That is why Private Driver Monaco is here to give you the scoop on the Monaco Christmas market. In fact, it is one of the best Christmas markets in the region with a magical ambiance that will transport you to the North Pole.

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