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Going to France this summer ?

Single-use breathalyser kitsLatest advice from European motoring body the FIA says that drivers of all motor vehicles, including motorcyclists, will have to carry a breathalyser kit when travelling in France.

It has been reported that reported that from 1 July this year all drivers would need to carry a breathalyser kit, as French drivers will have to, but new information dictates that this €11 fine is applicable to all road users including motorcyclists, but excluding mopeds.

With a start date for the new measure of 1 July 2012, the rules will apply to anyone travelling to or through France by motor vehicle in the summer holiday season, even just for a day trip. This measure won't actually be enforced until the 1 November 2012, giving road users time to prepare for the change.

Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy the requirement. The legal limit in France is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood, lower than in the UK (the UK limit is 80mg). They cost between £1 and £2 and they will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France. It is intended that people will be able to test themselves to check whether or not they are over the French limit.

The advice to all road users travelling in France is to have at least two breathalysers at all times, so that if one is used you still have one to produce for the police if you are stopped.

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency. Motorcyclists should carry extra bulbs. Additionally UK motorists and motorcyclists must display a GB plate, and cars should have their headlights adjusted to the right.

The French drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - much lower than in the UK where the limit is 80mg.

Motorists found with between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood can be fined 135 euros (£112) and lose six out of 12 points on their driving licence.

Above that, a driver could be fined 4,500 euros (£3,744), lose their licence and be sent to prison for up to two years.

Anyone driving in France is required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency.

If a motorist carries the luminous vest in their boot rather than the main section of the car they can still be fined.
British motorists must display a GB plate and have their headlights adjusted to the right.
Drivers are not obliged to carry a spare set of lights, but if one of their bulbs goes and they do not have a replacement ready they can be fined.
A fire extinguisher and first aid kit could also be required in the case of an emergency so not to fall foul of a law about assisting in the event of an accident.
Last month, the French introduced a new law banning satellite navigation systems that show the location of speed cameras. Those caught can be fined 1,500 euros even if the device is not in use…

Still going to France ??