Emergency Warning Triangle for Motorists. Essential for European Drivibg. Home Bargains £1.99 RRP £8
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Emergency Warning Triangle for Motorists. Essential for European Drivibg. Home Bargains £1.99 RRP £8

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Found 12th Oct 2013
I am looking to go to France and drive there and have been looking for all the items necessary. The triangle in Asda is £8 and in Home Bargains £1.99.

Just need head headlamp adjusters now and Hi Vis Jacket for France. Got breathellisers off EBay.

If anyone can suggest where I can get other bits please let me know.
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Original Poster

Was instore. unsure if available onlinr

Where do you need breathalysers for?

pstuart

Where do you need breathalysers for?

France

molerat

France



Hilarious. Very helpful I'm sure. oO

molerat

France



Why?

it's the law...

No it isn't.

pstuart

No it isn't.


Actually, I went through this in the summer, the law requiring you to carry the breathalysers has been passed, but the legislation allowing a fine for not carrying one has not been passed.
So basically, it is a legal requirement to carry them, but there is no sanction if you are stopped and found not to be carrying them - if that helps.

Get the RAC headlight converters. They are by far the easiest to fit.

Original Poster

btanswell

Get the RAC headlight converters. They are by far the easiest to fit.



thanks will look in to those.

Can't get enough of European Drivibg

amazon.co.uk/Aut…est

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31V23Hb1%2BtL.jpg

Hi vis vest, £1.83 delivered from Amazon. We got these a while back and they are obviously not top quality at this price, but do the job. The ones we got were fairly neat in size so maybe have a look for a bigger size if need be.
Have fun in France!

Original Poster

Lou Scotland

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Automotive-68328c-vis-safety-vest/dp/B002MX4WLQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381616252&sr=8-1&keywords=hi+vis+vestHi vis vest, £1.83 delivered from Amazon


Thanks Lou. Cheaper than eBay I think.

Didcotdealfinder

Can't get enough of European Drivibg



Pedantic! Beeeee is next to ennnnnnn on the keyboard so just a little slip of the OP's finger, methinks!

Read about vienna convention-if you driving UK vehicle abroad you are not required to have those things as It is not compulsory equipment In UK reg cars.

pKaTz

Thanks Lou. Cheaper than eBay I think.



Enough to pay for something that hopefully will never be worn anyway. Handy enough at this price to keep in the car at home, too. The less you spend on this stuff, the more you have to spend on lots of French goodies (although not vino when you are driving, obviously!)

eudriver

Read about vienna convention-if you driving UK vehicle abroad you are not … Read about vienna convention-if you driving UK vehicle abroad you are not required to have those things as It is not compulsory equipment In UK reg cars.



Haven't read it but surely it's easier to comply with local regulations? I wouldn't like to put it to the test in France as they can be very stringent about rules and regulations.

OP, you've probably read this already but, if not, it may be helpful
theaa.com/mot…pdf
Remember your GB sticker and replacement bulb kit, too, and winter tyres if it could be snowy or icy.
Above all, enjoy it!

You need two breathalysers, and I think they have to be in the glove box with the vest. You can say all you want, whether it is law etc, Probably better to get it right, I am sure it will all become useful! Also the breathalysers need to be French approved, not just any old one!

You don't need breathalysers in France. Probably better not to waste your money. Check the AA website for confirmation, but as a French resident I can tell you that there's been plenty in the news here about the issue.
The proposed fine for not carrying them was 11 euros. That has now been postponed indefinitely. A very French way of doing things but hey-ho.

You may not need them with the unresolved law but with French Gendarmes targetting British drivers around the ports it's better to have them rather than argue in poor Franglais.

Copperface

Actually, I went through this in the summer, the law requiring you to … Actually, I went through this in the summer, the law requiring you to carry the breathalysers has been passed, but the legislation allowing a fine for not carrying one has not been passed. So basically, it is a legal requirement to carry them, but there is no sanction if you are stopped and found not to be carrying them - if that helps.



Must have missed that one. Good to now know. Thanks.

vikingaero

You may not need them with the unresolved law but with French Gendarmes … You may not need them with the unresolved law but with French Gendarmes targetting British drivers around the ports it's better to have them rather than argue in poor Franglais.


Exactly, arguing with a Gendarme that you know French traffic law better than he does can only end badly.

pstuart

No it isn't.



Yes, it is - there may not be a fine, but that does not mean that it isn't against the law.

If you get stopped and can show one, then you may well get waived on.

if you can't show one, then the officer may look for something else that is wrong, maybe headlights, bulbs out or just hold you for ages checking your documents and causing you delay.

I know which option I would rather go for.
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