Breathalysers in France

Breathalysers in France: as of 1 July 2012 motorists face on the spot fines unless they travel with two single-use breathalyser devices. This is part of a French government drive to reduce the number of drink drive deaths in the country.

The new regulations will be fully enforced from 1 March 2013 (originally 1 November 2012) following a period of grace. Anyone, including foreign drivers failing to produce a breathalyser after that date will receive an €11 fine. French police have warned they will be carry out random checks on drivers using the Channel Tunnel to enforce the new rules.

The French government hopes to save around 500 lives each year with the new law. It is aimed at encouraging drivers who suspect they may be over the limit to test themselves before they set off. The French drink-driving limit is 50 mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood: less than the UK limit of 80 mg.

The French government has now announced that the implementation of the €11 sanction/ fine for not carrying a breathalyser in France has been postponed indefinitely. So theoretically you are still required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance.

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Breathalysers in France.

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