Transport Posted on 23/02/2012 - Modified on 20/07/2015
Drivers crossing the Channel from England to France will have to carry portable breathalysers in their cars from 1 July 2012. The new rule comes into effect as the holiday season approaches its peak and anyone caught without the breath-testing kit will face an 11 euro fine.
The equipment costs around £2 and will be available at all Channel ports and motorway service stations in France. If you want to obtain your breathalyser before you depart, kits can be purchased from retailers such as Halfords and Amazon.
The French limit is 50mg per 100 ml of blood, which is 30mg lower than in the UK, which means you could be over the limit the morning after a night out.
This new measure is the latest in a series of requirements by the French government which oblige motorists to carry a triangle and fluorescent vest, as well as displaying a GB plate and adjusting headlights to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
Neil Greig, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said the new rule was "a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents". He advised travellers to carry 2 kits, to ensure they have one spare.
More information on driving abroad can be obtained on the FCO website.
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