Driver reminder of French road rule

Driver reminder of French road rule

UK motorists travelling to France during the Easter holidays are being urged to make sure they are travelling with a NF approved breathalyser in their vehicle.

Drivers should make sure that their breathalyser complies with French regulation and carries the NF logo.

In France the legal alcohol blood limit is 50mg per 100ml, lower than the UK limit of 80mpg per 100ml.

Motorists are also reminded that those driving in France need to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent safety vest at all times in case of an emergency. All vehicles from the UK should also be adorned with official European 'GB' number plates.

"Although the law for carrying breathalysers will no longer be enforced through fines, in order to comply with the law, you will need to carry an NF approved breathalyser while travelling in France," said Neil Greig, Institute of Advanced Motorist director of policy and research.

"While these are a good way of being sure you are safe to drive, if you're going to drink don't drive, and beware the morning after effect."

AlcoSense managing director Hunter Abbott added: "It is still a legal requirement to carry an NF approved breathalyser. There are less than a handful of brands who have the official NF approvals, make sure you buy a product with the blue NF logo on it."

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