posted 4 years ago

Driving through France requires motorists to carry breathalyzer kits

As from July 1st all drivers visiting France will need to carry a breathalyser in their cars, the rules apply to anyone travelling to or through France by car in the summer holiday season even just for a day trip

As from July 1st all drivers visiting France will need to carry a breathalyser in their cars, the rules apply to anyone travelling to or through France by car in the summer holiday season even just for a day trip.

IAM ( the Institute of Advanced Motorists) is advising motorists in France to have at least two breathalysers at all times, so that if one is used you still have one to produce for the police if you are stopped. Neil Greig, director of policy and research said “the new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related-accidents.  France’s lower limit means it’s very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well. As always, the best advice for motorists is not to drink and drive at all.”

The legal limit in France is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood; lower than in the UK (the UK limit is 80mg). The breathalysers cost between £1 and £2 and 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. Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy this requirement.


Tourists are not required to have them until November 1st

Does this new regulation/law include motorcycle riders ?

I hope soon the British Government start to ask for some reciprocal arrangement s of the law in this country. Like road fund licence for example.

As french resident , I can assure you that the regulations apply to every body NOT JUST THE POOR OLD BRITS. as does the rule on radar detectors.

It wont stop drivers at present but the the law will soon require new cars ib France to be fitted with an alcohol meter which must be blown into before you start the car.

Do the French also have to carry Breathalyser kits (throughout the year) or is it just those infernal Brits?

This is not a problem for a Breathalyzer kit is is only a few pounds. I have driven in France for many years and if the Law is is to have an effect on drink drive monsters so be it.

carrying a breathalyser doesn't stop you being over the limit just as carrying a first aid kit won't stop you having an accident ... or

or carrying a spare tyre to PREVENT punctures ... etc. etc.

its probably a bit late now but wouldn't it have made more sense to invade France at the same time as the Germans did ...

For Michael Carrington, it is on the AA's website. Just found it.

When while these kits to make money for someone become available for us had pressed mororists

People should take drink drive seriously. The car is a killing machine and should be treat with respect. The kits are a great idea.

For all the reasons given, it sounds a bit daft. But then I have never understood why a simple first-aid kit is considered so important. A few band aids are not going to save a life. Now if we (in France) had to carry breathing apparatus and a leg splint, there might be something in it!

Are the French leading the way. Should we copy their example. Foreign drivers entering Britian if staying longer than an agreeded time, ie hollidays, or multiple entries into this country,or working here should speak reasonable English to understand our driving laws and take a British driving test with British Insurancce Cover.

Hmm I'll believe it when I see the advice from AA/RAC!

Is it April 1st??? What is the point of having your own breathalyser??? Sure mine will be set at exactly the limit for driving in France - not??? Why don't the French gendarmes use their own???

Why would carrying an old, out-of-date, unused breathalyser with a 6 month shelf life prevent drink driving? You cannot be serious!

When I heard this I assumed it was a stunt by the English Tourist Board, but as it seems to be real it must just be a bit of foot-shooting by their French counterparts. Magic.

What does one do if you fly to France and then hire a car.Do the hirte companiies sell them?

Get the impression the breathalyser suppliers are behind this - like a lot of safety stuff it's all about profit.

i will be going to france on my motorbike, with all the spare bulbs warning triangle, spare glasses, bike and insurance documents .where will i put my clothes etc ??

Jyotish has a good point. Whining quietly is the British way. On the basis of this new idea it's not unreasonable to get the Frogs to do the same on entry to the UK. they should buy their own breath test kits (especially the lorry drivers)and be forced to use them once on our turf. Problem is that Ant & Dec (Cameron & Clegg) haven't got the balls to do this as the last lot made such a mess of the economy that France is now better than us so need to be sucked up to in case we need a Greek style bail out. Next thing will be the French deciding that British travellers should all buy truncheons so that if we do something really naughty they can take them off us and administer a beating ! At this rate nobody apart from the Salvation Army is going to be able to drive anywhere. Maybe the M25 will actually become effective at last ?

We, the British are suckers for punishment,shameless,no sense of dignity,uncouth and unable to stand up to such petty degrading behaviour. Instead we resort to whinging about such Gallic misdemeanours. Give them a taste of their own medicine. Slam Road usage Tax to all vehicles, stop all continental vehicles especially with F registered ones for like for like requirements. If found wamting slam heavy fines and record vehicle numbers on an offending databease. test their ability to speak English and test their knowledge of the Highway Code . Have some guts you gutless British.

I would suggest carying a further one breathalyzer,for the gendarme. I have often seen them drinking coffee and brandy in the morning whilst on duty and in uniform.

Pity they didn't have them in 1939 - could have stopped the Germans and saved a lot of British lives when we had to go and save France (for the second time that century)

has this been approved by the EU. if not what right have the frogs to apply this law.

Absolutely ridiculous! The only safe way is not to drink and if the gendarmes want to harass tourists then they should use their own official calibrated breathalyzers. My advice is to boycott France and let them get on with their own nonsense.