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Couldn't seen any recent posts about this and I know the laws have changed over the past couple of years. Can I check what I need to buy/take and what I don't now need:

Need:
  • Warning triangle
  • Hi viz vest jackets for all occupants
  • UK plate - does sticker or magnetic work best?
  • Headlights - can be changed in the settings?
  • Drivers license
  • Logbook
  • Insurance document - electronic copy fine?

Don't need:
  • Spare bulbs - understand this is no longer mandatory, but does anyone sell VW Tiguan spare bulb kits as a pack?
  • Breathalyzer - no longer mandatory

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Couldn't seen any recent posts about this and I know the laws have changed over the past couple of years. Can I check what I need to buy/take and what I don't now need:

Need:
  • Warning triangle
  • Hi viz vest jackets for all occupants
  • UK plate - does sticker or magnetic work best?
  • Headlights - can be changed in the settings?
  • Drivers license
  • Logbook
  • Insurance document - electronic copy fine?

Don't need:
  • Spare bulbs - understand this is no longer mandatory, but does anyone sell VW Tiguan spare bulb kits as a pack?
  • Breathalyzer - no longer mandatory

Cheers
You’re basically correct but…

I believe you need the original documents rather than electronic copies.

I used a sticker for the UK sign but magnetic may be better if placed carefully as there is limited room for a sticker if you don’t want to plonk it on the paintwork.

My lights can be adjusted in settings (I have full matrix LEDs) but you’d need to check yours as that might not be the case with all models.

I don’t think you can actually get spare bulb kits for the Tiguan any longer? Anyone confirm?

Breathalysers are no longer mandatory but are still recommended. I didn’t bother as I don’t drink.

If you have a facelift with predictive cruise control I’d be interested to hear (when you return) if it behaves better in France than it does in the UK. On my recent trip I felt it was much better behaved then at home.
 
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It's advisable to get an emissions sticker if you plan to enter any of the permanent zones or may find yourself in one of the temporary areas.m It's a one-off purchase lasting the life of the vehicle and only costs a few Euros but make sure you only buy via the official French government website:


It's very easy, we have them on our Tiguan and our motorhome and the procedure to register online was painless - there is an English language version of the website and full instructions for non-French registered vehicles.
 
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You’re basically correct but…

I believe you need the original documents rather than electronic copies.
Not that I’m likely to drive in France, but all of my insurance docs originals are electronic! 😁. Can’t remember the last time I had a paper copy
 

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Not that I’m likely to drive in France, but all of my insurance docs originals are electronic! 😁. Can’t remember the last time I had a paper copy
Indeed, it does seem a bit “old school”. I printed out the certificate “just in case”…
 

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Indeed, it does seem a bit “old school”. I printed out the certificate “just in case”…
Will have to look at the app and see if I can print, just in case I ever have the need
 

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Not that I’m likely to drive in France, but all of my insurance docs originals are electronic! 😁. Can’t remember the last time I had a paper copy
This is me too. You'd hope in this day and age they'd realise this and showing on a phone is acceptable, but I'll try and print a copy to be safe.
 

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I've got a 2019 Tiguan Match. I've just checked in the Lights settings and can't see anything about Travel Mode or anything that appears to be about changing the lights to right hand traffic. Does this mean this car doesn't allow this to be changed? Bit surprised to be honest as thought modern cars allow this.
 

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If there's no settings it's likely the lights will autochange when the car detects you're in a drive on the right country.

There's a whole other post about this elsewhere in here.
 

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If there's no settings it's likely the lights will autochange when the car detects you're in a drive on the right country.

There's a whole other post about this elsewhere in here.
As far as I’m aware the Tiguan lights don’t auto change - even the latest IQ full matrix ones. If you don’t have the option to adjust the lights for right hand drive in settings it’s the old fashioned stick on beam adjusters I’m afraid.
 

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If you can let kenville know the settings, just in case he overlooked it.
From the facelift owners manual…

If you have to drive a right-hand drive vehicle in a left-hand drive country, or vice versa, the asymmetric dipped beam headlights may dazzle oncoming traffic. Some headlight versions must therefore be switched over when you travel to these countries.
In vehicles with advanced main-beam control, the alignment of the headlights can be adjusted in the Infotainment system in the Vehicle settings menu
The function of the dynamic cornering light and advanced main-beam control is deactivated once “travel mode” is activated. The main beam is then only switched on and off automatically.

No idea if that’s the same for earlier models, sorry.
 

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I'm sure the OP will have plenty of time to explore the Infortainment System and all its sub menu's while sitting in the queue for the ferry / Eurostar;) :ROFLMAO:
 
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Why bother taking the car to France? The easiest way across is by rubber dinghy, although by the time you get to French waters you'll be escorted back to Blighty by the RNLI taxi service............:(
 

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I've got a 2019 Tiguan Match. I've just checked in the Lights settings and can't see anything about Travel Mode or anything that appears to be about changing the lights to right hand traffic. Does this mean this car doesn't allow this to be changed? Bit surprised to be honest as thought modern cars allow this.
Match trim has headlights with traditional halogen bulbs (not LEDs) that's why I'm afraid you are unable to find the relevant setting because there is none.
You have to use sticky beam converters but from my experience here I had with my SE Nav they do not work well on Tiguan halogen headlights.
 
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Match trim has headlights with traditional halogen bulbs (not LEDs) that's why I'm afraid you are unable to find the relevant setting because there is none.
You have to use sticky beam converters but from my experience here I had with my SE Nav they do not work well on Tiguan halogen headlights.
Thanks, yes it looks like that's the case. I'll be driving there and back in the daytime so I might buy the converters but not put them on, unless I get delayed and need to drive when it's dark.
 

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I used to not put them on till required. But then changed that due to popping out in the evening the return journey was in the dark and also heavy rain caused a legal requirement.
Back in 2007 we brought a Renault Laguna. Pre reg 7 miles on clock. Been over to France each summer and sticking converters on. Came to first mot. Call from Renault to say it had failed due to the driver's side lights pack being for right hand vehicles. Had I had an accident and had a dodgy replacement etc. Needless to say it was replaced free of charge. The stickers where in fact reversing the lights the wrong way and I had no indication of UK problem.🙈
 
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