All drivers in France must carry a breathalyser kit from July 1, 2012 and from November drivers and motorcyclists risk a €11 fine for failing to comply.
Cardinus Risk Management is offering ‘NF-approved’ (the norme Francais standard) breathalyser kits from just £3.50. Marcus Noble, managing director, fleet at Cardinus Risk Management said, “This new law could catch out British drivers visiting France. Many will be familiar with the need to carry a warning triangle and first aid kit. This new legislation is similar and we are pleased to be able to offer an inexpensive solution. Obviously, we would warn against drink-driving but carrying a pair of testers will help you to stay within the law.”
In France, if the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more (0.02 per cent for bus/coach drivers) there are severe penalties which can include fines, imprisonment and confiscation of the driving licence. These limits are much lower than the 0.08 per cent UK limit and could easily be exceeded.