Driving in france - new laws

Jun 5th, 2012, 12:23 AM
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Driving in france - new laws

Just started thinking about a trip to France later this year and found out that our French friends have implemented new driving laws which could catch us unsuspecting visitors out.
There is now a requirement for all cars to carry an unused and working alcohol breath tester at all times.
Speed camera detectors even those in Tom Tom type sat nav units are now illegal and must be disabled. The French have removed speed camera warning signs too.
So beware. Big on the spot fines could be payable.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 01:13 AM
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I have my breathalysers already for my trip to the UK in August. I can just imagine the gendarmes sitting just over the border with Belgium stopping all Dutch cars.
I also got a couple which my sons can borrow for when they go to France.
Most hire cars should have them - or more likely will sell them to you on pick up. Otherwise they are available at petrol stations and service areas, and only cost a couple of euro.

You need two so that you have one unused one should you decide to self test yourself. Though if you have drunk enough you need to self test you have probably drunk too much and shouldn't be driving period.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 02:15 AM
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I would think the breathalyzers would be available with your rental car
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Jun 5th, 2012, 06:22 AM
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It is worth checking either on the EU driving site for all the rules not just the latest as France is tightening every year, plus all the extras like diabetes rules etc.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Required breathalyzers are very inexpensive and available at most pharmacies in France. They are also available at some pharmacies in Germany and Luxembourg.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 10:34 AM
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They are sold in supermarkets in France -- in the alcohol section. The cost is 1€.
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Oct 20th, 2012, 03:35 AM
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Found this-

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Oct 21st, 2012, 07:00 AM
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Although the new law is in effect, there will be no fines until March 2013, as the kits are still difficult to find.
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Oct 21st, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Good info.
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