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Sparky7 - 2013-02-15 3:00 PM

 

Just heard from French friend that French breathalysers are now all systems go in France from 1 March this year.   The fine will be 11 euros if you don't have a pair.

 

I believe this is not the case.

 

1. There was never any legal requirement to carry more than one breathalyser in a vehicle.

 

2. In January the 'fining date' (previously set as 1 March 2013) for not carrying a breathalyser was put on indefinite hold awaiting a report from the French road-safety committee Conseil National de la Sécurité Routière (CNSR) about the scheme.

 

The CNSR's findings were made known in a press conference on 13 February and are summarised here:

 

http://www.service-public.fr/actualites/002384.html

 

The CNSR recommends obligatory carrying of a breathalyser. It recommends, however, that failing to do this is not penalised. One of the concerns expressed by the CNSR is the untrustworthiness of the breathalysers' accuracy that has shown up in independent testing.

 

These are some more French articles on the subject.

 

http://www.europe1.fr/France/Les-ethylotests-a-nouveau-obligatoires-1413743/

 

http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2013/02/13/le-cnsr-recommande-l-ethylotest-obligatoire-a-bord-des-voitures-et-deux-roues_881544

 

http://www.infosbar.com/Verdict-du-CNSR-ethylotests-recommandes-mais-pas-obligatoires_a6645.html

 

http://iejnews.com/ethylotests-bienvenue-a-bord/

 

http://www.midilibre.fr/2013/02/12/ethylotests-un-avis-favorable,643321.php

 

The next step will be for the French government to decide whether they wish to follow the CNSR's advice (which includes extending the breathalyser regulations to include mopeds) but that decision won't be taken overnight.

 

I can find nothing on-line to indicate that drivers in France will be risking a fine from 1 March 2013-onwards if they are not carrying a breathalyser in their vehicle.

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Last year I signed a petition in France objecting to the breathalyser rule. I have just received an email from the Ligue des Conducteurs who organised the petition.

 

Here is what they sent translated into English.

 

The Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls announced this morning that there was no longer any obligation to hold breathalyzers in cars.

 

A real victory! Which was possible thanks to your mobilization and hard work we have accomplished together.

 

http://www.liguedesconducteurs.org/

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Derek Uzzell - 2013-02-16 9:21 AM There was never any legal requirement to carry more than one breathalyser in a vehicle.

 

This is also my understanding.

Two were suggested as there would then be an unused breathalyser should a driver test himself.

Cattwg :-D

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JamesFrance - 2013-02-21 6:48 PM

 

Last year I signed a petition in France objecting to the breathalyser rule. I have just received an email from the Ligue des Conducteurs who organised the petition.

 

Here is what they sent translated into English.

 

The Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls announced this morning that there was no longer any obligation to hold breathalyzers in cars.

 

A real victory! Which was possible thanks to your mobilization and hard work we have accomplished together.

 

http://www.liguedesconducteurs.org/

 

There's a "Le Parisien" video of the Manuel Valls interview here:

 

http://videos.leparisien.fr/video/f7e3869b0c8s.html

 

So compulsory-French-breathalyser-wise that's that!

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kelly58 - 2013-02-15 4:29 PM

 

And they work my son was in France last week his friend had been drinking and my son said he was not fit to drive , but he said he was ok ,so my son got a breatherliser out and asked him to use it . He Failed and my son drove him home .

 

 

just buy 2 there only about £6 and use them like the above quote says, saves alot of hassle and your license and your lives

jon

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silverback - 2013-02-22 12:31 PM

 

kelly58 - 2013-02-15 4:29 PM

 

And they work my son was in France last week his friend had been drinking and my son said he was not fit to drive , but he said he was ok ,so my son got a breatherliser out and asked him to use it . He Failed and my son drove him home .

 

 

just buy 2 there only about £6 and use them like the above quote says, saves alot of hassle and your license and your lives

jon

 

More importantly, if you are tempted to drink alcohol then drive........potentially other peoples' lives

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armstrongpiper - 2013-02-24 11:41 AM

 

I find the whole thing confusing, whether I will need them or not, so for my trip in June I have ordered a two-pack from Amazon. £3.70 post free for delivery 5 days. I will thus have them with me - no worries.

 

 

Neil B

 

Have you purchased the sleeping gas detector so you will have "no worries"? :-D

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If we are confused, I doubt that the french Gendarmes will be any less confused, and arguing the toss in franglaish would make murky waters muddier (Forgive mixed metaphores )

 

May carrying a couple is like insurance, hope you don't need it, but when you do :D

 

 

Rgds

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I am afraid Neil you get all that is coming to you. If you read all the previous posts and some by the most respected contributors to the forum which quite clearly send the message that breathalyzer are not going to be enforced and then you come on and say you are going to purchase just in case.

 

 

Just enjoy your visit to France and do not worry :-D

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