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Indefinite delay on French breathalyser fines

Tuesday 19th February 2013

The French Minister of Interior has announced an indefinite delay on the introduction of fines for motorists and motorcyclists who do not carry a breathalyser kit.

The fines were originally set to be implemented in November 2012, but this was further delayed until the beginning of March 2013.

Currently, all drivers in France are required to carry a breathalyser kit, and the €11 fine for not carrying a breathalyser would have been applicable to all road users (except for those on mopeds).

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency. Additionally, UK motorists and motorcyclists must display a GB plate.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “The law for carrying breathalysers will no longer be enforced through fines, but in order to comply with the law we still recommend that you keep a breathalyser kit in the car whenever you’re travelling to or through France.”

For more information contact the IAM.


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