New Law Scraps Controversial Breathalyser Requirements

Tue 17th Sep 2019

French drivers will no longer be expected to carry disposable breathalysers after the government passed a bill which ended the stipulation.

The law, which was first introduced in 2013 looks set to be scrapped after former president Francois Hollande caused confusion by deciding that drivers would not be fined for not carrying them. The original law required police to fine drivers €11 if caught without a single-use breathalyser.

While fines are no longer being enforced, the law as it currently stands, suggests that drivers still need to carry a breathalyser, including Britain’s driving onto the continent.

But the law will be abolished after a new Transport Bill was passed amidst evidence that the law was not having an impact on road casualties and was ineffective at cutting drink-driving.

“While the law governing drivers carrying breathalysers in France might be about to change, drivers heading across the Channel should still remember that the country has a much stricter drink-drive limit than in the UK – and anyone caught over the limit faces some very tough penalties,” said the RAC’s Rod Dennis.

“The best advice is to never drink and drive, whether driving in France or elsewhere. 

“For any driver that still chooses to, it still makes a lot of sense to carry a portable breathalyser to check they are well below the relevant legal limit.”