(20-01-2014, 10:19 PM)Andre Wrote: Yes you will need one if you get stopped...but given the time of day and it being only 45 mins, unless you give them a reason to think you're drunk you should be ok
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It's now a grey area this one, you are supposed to carry a breathalyser kit in France when driving but they've suspended the fine, the Gov't have backtracked however not all the Police seem to be aware and the law remains imprecise.
I personally carry two with me, for a tenner it's piece of mind and one less thing for the Gendarmerie to bother about.:-
1 March 2012 - the French government confirmed that from 1 July 2012 drivers of all motor vehicles and motorcycles (excluding mopeds) must carry a breathalyser. The regulation will be enforced from 1 November 2012 and anyone stopped after that date who fails to produce a breathalyser when requested will receive an on the spot fine of €11.
October 2012 - the French government announced that the implementation of the sanction for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed from 1 November 2012 to 1 March 2013.
January 2013 - the French government announced that the implementation of the sanction for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed indefinitely.
So theoretically you are still required to carry a self-test breathalyser when driving in France but there is no current legislation demanding a fine for non-compliance.
The original official announcement stated that one unused, certified breathalyser must be produced showing the French certification mark NF. Carrying two single-use breathalysers will ensure that if one is used or damaged, you will still have a spare to produce. The breathalyser produced has to be in date - single-use breathalysers normally have a validity of twelve months.