Alcohol Breathalyser Single Pack (France compliant) in store at Poundland - Surprisingly for £1
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Alcohol Breathalyser Single Pack (France compliant) in store at Poundland - Surprisingly for £1

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Found 6th Oct 2014
Manufactured by Redline it is an old fashioned style blow in the bag and watch the crystals change colour type of breathalyser. Drink driving can never be condoned, now if there's any doubt you can check for the sake of a quid (significantly cheaper than a driving ban and/or prison)

I'm just posting the deal, not getting into an argument about the rights or wrongs of such a device.

Discovered in Poundland in the Metro Centre yesterday.

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Does it have the necessary approvals required for it to be valid in France?

What is the expiry date?

Good buy if it is an official product with a decent lead time.

I have it on OK authority that the statutary requirement for them in France has been discontinued.
Maybe worth checking if this was anyone's motivation for buying.

Lymmit

I have it on OK authority that the statutary requirement for them in … I have it on OK authority that the statutary requirement for them in France has been discontinued.Maybe worth checking if this was anyone's motivation for buying.




NOT correct you just won't face a fine (Or possibly be allowed to continue on your journey) They last 2 years.

I only say that because the guy in our lounge tonight is an (OFF DUTY) Gendarme and he says so - who are we to question a man with a gun? or maybe he's just pleased to see me.

Also check they have the NF symbol or they're not worth 'merde'.



Edited by: "joyf4536" 6th Oct 2014

You don't need them in france.

France - the legal situation is crazy.

It is still compulsory to carry a kit, but no fine will be imposed if you don't!

Read it here (from the AA website):

theaa.com/mot…tml

And this excerpt from the RAC website:

While driving in France you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:

Reflective jackets (must be kept inside the vehicle, within reach)
Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)
Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
Breathalysers/alcohol test (As of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an €11 fine has been postponed indefinitely)

Edited by: "renard" 6th Oct 2014

matt3454

You don't need them in france.



Yes you do. Read my post #5.

Banned

the digital key chain ones (not the cheaper ones that dont work, the ones you blow in to) are a few pounds on ebay,

would rather go with that instead if your just doing it to check your self, better than a single use one

331339487052 (ebay number)

Got back from France just this morning. Drove up from Alsace. Was told by three seperate people out there that you don't need these.

The problem with single use ones is that if you've only got one, you can't use it - 'cos then you haven't got one anyomore and there is/was/might be again an $11 fine for that. So the French law demands you have one in your car and that you NEVER use it!

renard

Yes you do. Read my post #5.



You don't need them at all, theres no fine or penalty for not having one.

Neiliboy

Got back from France just this morning. Drove up from Alsace. Was told by … Got back from France just this morning. Drove up from Alsace. Was told by three seperate people out there that you don't need these.



Because laymen are renowned for their comprehensive knowledge of the law?

While a law without penalties seems a bit stupid, it's still a law none-the-less!

ArthurDent1

The problem with single use ones is that if you've only got one, you … The problem with single use ones is that if you've only got one, you can't use it - 'cos then you haven't got one anyomore and there is/was/might be again an $11 fine for that. So the French law demands you have one in your car and that you NEVER use it!



Or that you have two. Or you have a multiple use version. Or you replace it after you've used it but before you drive.

callum9999

While a law without penalties seems a bit stupid, it's still a law … While a law without penalties seems a bit stupid, it's still a law none-the-less!


Only the English would obey a law that has no penalties

NO LONGER NEEDED... Even at £1 save your cash... !!!!!!!!!!!

So, either you pay £1 and have one in the car in case you get a particularly unpleasant French Policeman or you save money and have said policeman decide he wants to do a full check on everything because you tried to be a smartarse.

Police shouldn't insist on checking your engine bore size etc either but I've had it happen in the UK.

This thread has put me off going to France ever again.

If you break French driving laws you can also have your UK driving licence confiscated by French Police. This could lead to your vehicle being temporarily impounded if no alternative driver with a valid licence is available.

Source: theaa.com/mot…tml

elbrownos

Only the English would obey a law that has no penalties



I think the size of our prison population and crime rates are proof that the English aren't any more likely to follow laws than anyone else!

Have you ever tried one of these? I got a halfords one and after 4 cans tried it (I didn't drive), totally legal to drive according to it

nyckt

Does it have the necessary approvals required for it to be valid in … Does it have the necessary approvals required for it to be valid in France?What is the expiry date?Good buy if it is an official product with a decent lead time.



If you mean the law that required you to have 2 in your car, it has been abandoned.

ive never been breathelised but then ive never had a drink then drove.

always wanted to know what the limits are whether then alot lower then people think.

i gather these arent accurate. shame really

Banned

renard

France - the legal situation is crazy.It is still compulsory to carry a … France - the legal situation is crazy.It is still compulsory to carry a kit, but no fine will be imposed if you don't!Read it here (from the AA website):http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/driving-abroad-whats-new-2012.htmlAnd this excerpt from the RAC website:While driving in France you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:Reflective jackets (must be kept inside the vehicle, within reach)Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)Breathalysers/alcohol test (As of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an €11 fine has been postponed indefinitely)



If you are a truck driver entering the UK from France, you are required to carry 'up-to' 10 illegal immigrants.

dalmore12

If you mean the law that required you to have 2 in your car, it has been … If you mean the law that required you to have 2 in your car, it has been abandoned.



No, no, no! Only the fine element has been postponed (indefinitely).
The law requiring you to carry a workable breathalyser remains in force. If you use it to test yourself before you drive, you no longer have one - which is why the advice was (and is) to also have a spare.
Once again - read the advice from the AA and the RAC in post #5 above. Presumably they should know what they are talking about!
Edited by: "renard" 7th Oct 2014

callum9999

Or that you have two. Or you have a multiple use version. Or you replace … Or that you have two. Or you have a multiple use version. Or you replace it after you've used it but before you drive.



Buying two seems reasonable if you're planning to use one.

The alternative is to have one and never use it because you don't drink n drive. In which case you only have it to satisfy the law - it's non-functional.

Replacing it after using it but before you drive seems a bit weird - how do I get to a shop to replace it? What was the point of using it if I can't drive whatever the result?

ArthurDent1

Buying two seems reasonable if you're planning to use one.The alternative … Buying two seems reasonable if you're planning to use one.The alternative is to have one and never use it because you don't drink n drive. In which case you only have it to satisfy the law - it's non-functional.Replacing it after using it but before you drive seems a bit weird - how do I get to a shop to replace it? What was the point of using it if I can't drive whatever the result?



It would be a bit weird - though it was on the assumption that these would be widely available. The first two options were obviously far more sensible!

en.wikipedia.org/wik…fic

Read above. You don't need a breathalyser when driving in France in a UK car.

Perfect - just what I need for my Austria Ski Trip. I for one am not going to be having these arguments with any French/Belgian/German or Austrian Police on the hard shoulder of any motorway.

It ain't worth the hassle of potentially ruining my holiday for £1 (or £2). Grow up guys and stop arguing over this. Its a good deal - if you like it then give heat if you don't move along - they is more to an evening that arguing ok HUKD.

curry756

they is more to an evening that arguing ok HUKD.



True - as well as arguing over pointless trivia on HUKD there's also cat videos that won't watch themselves!

matt3454

You don't need them at all, theres no fine or penalty for not having one.



They can just keep your car there until you get one. Stupid - Yes, French - Yes

I was stopped for not wearing a beret while cycling. I had to wear a ring of onions and a striped jersey for the rest of my holiday. No wonder ICUP wants us out of the UE.

renard

France - the legal situation is crazy.It is still compulsory to carry a … France - the legal situation is crazy.It is still compulsory to carry a kit, but no fine will be imposed if you don't!Read it here (from the AA website):http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/driving-abroad-whats-new-2012.htmlAnd this excerpt from the RAC website:While driving in France you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:Reflective jackets (must be kept inside the vehicle, within reach)Warning triangle (compulsory in every vehicle with 4 wheels or more)Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)Breathalysers/alcohol test (As of January 2013 the French government announced that the introduction of an €11 fine has been postponed indefinitely)

anyone found any of these ?
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