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Drivers in France must carry a breathalyser


From July all drivers in France must carry a breathalyser

From 1st July 2012 all drivers visiting France will need to carry a breathalyser kit in their cars, as French drivers will have to and from November 2012 there will be an €11 fine for non compliance.

With a start date for the new measure of 1 July 2012, the rules will apply for anyone travelling to or through France by car in the summer holiday season, even just for a day trip.

Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy the requirement. The legal limit in France is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood, lower than in the UK (the UK limit is 80mg). They cost between £1 and £2 and they will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France. It is intended that people will be able to test themselves to check whether or not they are over the French limit.

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency. Additionally UK motorists must display a GB plate and have their headlights adjusted to the right.

The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related-crashes.

The lower limit in such countries as France means it’s very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well.