3 NF FRENCH APPROVED BREATHALYZER TEST KITS £6.49 del @ Ebay(eurotravel-motoring)
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3 NF FRENCH APPROVED BREATHALYZER TEST KITS £6.49 del @ Ebay(eurotravel-motoring)

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Found 16th Jun 2012
Are you driving to France for your hols this year...????...NEW FRENCH LAWS COMMENCE 1st JULY...don't get caught...you must carry more than one of these or face on the spot fines as much as €90 ( as I have been charged once..for a different offence) ..so buy them now before getting to Dover,Folkestone or wherever your departure point is where they will be far more expensive for sure....you need to carry at least 2...

French driving laws
All vehicles driven in France, including vehicles registered outside of France, MUST have one Hi-Viz reflective jacket and one warning triangle in their vehicle. The reflective jacket has to conform to EU standard and must be inside the car – not in the boot. On the spot fines varying between €90 and €135 will apply.
Mandatory in car breathalyzer
From 1st July 2012, all drivers of a motorised land vehicle, excluding mopeds, must possess an NF approved digital breathalyzer or an unused (and immediately available) NF breathalyzer kit.
The rule equally applies to vehicles registered outside France. Only vehicles fitted with Breathalyzer Interlocks are excluded.
The new legislation comes into force on July 1st 2012. Failure to comply will result in on-the-spot fines.



NOT ENFORCEABLE UNTIL NOV 1ST!!!

FINE WILL ONLY BE €11 not €90
- jrw

17 Comments

Didn't know about this, been to France for the past two years and still thinking about this year, so thank you for mentioning it.

I don't drink alcohol. Didn't know you must carry one of these myself. The French must see themselves as alchies if everyone has to have one of these in their car.

Just read up about this - you must carry two working/unused ones with you at a time - probably should have put 4 in a box, not 3 - in case some unlucky person happens to get stopped twice!

bloody french

chunkylover

bloody french



Don't go to France then.....

I've voted hot based on the useful information even though i'm not going to France.
Does seem ridiculous paying for your own potential conviction.

or but at Carrefour at City de europe - Calais (and most other supermarkets) for 2 euros (around £1.60) for a pack of 2.

Just come back and stocked up for when the new law comes in....

and to correct, you will only be warned between July until November if not carrying NF approved breathalisers, the fines will only be imposed from November. Also worth checking the expiry date (usually expire within 2 years), and they must be in date..


The law will be enacted on the 1st July and effective on the 1st November.
A fine of 11 euros will be charged to any driver not carrying the breathalyzer kits, but police have been told to enforce the regulation only from November 1st.
The Gendarme will NOT ask you to use your own kit - you simply have to carry a kit in the car, the same as you need to carry a Hi Vis Jacket & Warning Triangle.
To comply with the French requirements the breathalyser must be listed in the "Official Journal of the French Republic" so ensure that any you buy have the NF approval mark.

Thanks OP; wasn't aware of this either.

"The Gendarme will NOT ask you to use your own kit - you simply have to carry a kit in the car, the same as you need to carry a Hi Vis Jacket & Warning Triangle."

Why do you have to have one if they won't make you use it? Does it mean when they pull you over you can ask to breathalyze them instead?!

So if the Gendarme wont be making you use your own breathalyzer (are they really THAT hard up?!) what on earth is the point of this?

Ah yes, this is the French, logic, reason and common sense wont come in to it......

The common sense is the shed loads of money they will make off unfortunate UK tourists who dont have these.

We should force every vehicle coming through the tunnel to have an MOT test and if they fail impound the car.

probably it is so that you can test yourself after you come out of a French tavern before you put the keys into your car and start driving around on the wrong side of the road - wouldn't be the first british driver to make that mistake!

So if you carry 2, get stopped and are asked to use one, then 1 minute after you drive away they will stop you again and arrest you for not having enough.

NeilB

So if the Gendarme wont be making you use your own breathalyzer (are they … So if the Gendarme wont be making you use your own breathalyzer (are they really THAT hard up?!) what on earth is the point of this? Ah yes, this is the French, logic, reason and common sense wont come in to it......



I'd carry 4 or 5. If you carry 2, get stopped and are asked to use one, then 1 minute after you drive away they will probably stop you again and arrest you for not having enough.

If you are going to Europe through France, then there will be notices at the ports etc. of all the rules for drivers. This is a new one, but if you don't do as told & get stopped, be aware that French cops have guns.
If ever stopped be very polite, appologise etc.produce all documents & you may get away with it.
However their rules are to be obeyed, (you don't have 5 days to produce documents) They are in their country & unless you are fluent to argue, then do as told.
I personally don't want to to carry more stuff in my car, but if needs be then I will try to conform.
The sad thing is there are lots of French motorists who do not have the necessary things in their cars. Some get stopped & are hammerd by fines (see french newspapers) So please be aware.

mikedigby

If you are going to Europe through France, then there will be notices at … If you are going to Europe through France, then there will be notices at the ports etc. of all the rules for drivers. This is a new one, but if you don't do as told & get stopped, be aware that French cops have guns.If ever stopped be very polite, appologise etc.produce all documents & you may get away with it.However their rules are to be obeyed, (you don't have 5 days to produce documents) They are in their country & unless you are fluent to argue, then do as told.I personally don't want to to carry more stuff in my car, but if needs be then I will try to conform.The sad thing is there are lots of French motorists who do not have the necessary things in their cars. Some get stopped & are hammerd by fines (see french newspapers) So please be aware.



You will get away with it this summer as it doesn't come into force until November so they can try as hard as they like, i won't be paying any €11 fine for not having them on 7th July when i go
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