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New French Law affects drivers

If you visit France much, perhaps for the weekly shop, or just to have a look around, a new French law has been introduced that you really should be aware of.

In an effort to reduce the amount of drink driving in France, the authorities in Paris have decreed that all drivers must carry a minimum of two breathalyser kits in their car at all times when they drive in France. Because there is limited supply of devices at the moment, the law has a grace period up until November when fines will not be levied, but after that you’d better have your kits with you!

There are two types of kit you can get, reusable electronic ones, and disposal chemical ones. The fine for not having one is €11 so it isn’t very high, and the cynical might say it’s just another way for the French Government to pay down its debt mountain… but it could also save a life so make sure you get your kits before the Christmas period starts.

On a side note, remember that when in France you must also have a flourescent reflective jacket and warning triangle in your car at all times.

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Comment from Julie wilson
Time 1st August, 2012 at 11:04 am

The fluorescent jacket must be inside the car and not carried in the boot so you have immediate access to it if you break down.

Comment from Nigel
Time 1st August, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Julie!

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