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French government drops breathalyser kit fines

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The French interior minister, Manuel Valls, has abandoned plans to fine motorists who do not carry breathalyser kits in their cars.

The implementation of the fines was originally delayed from November 2012 until March 2013 due to a shortage of kits.

Under the original proposals, all road users, with the exception of moped riders, would have risked an 11 (about 9.50) fine if police officers had caught them without a breathalyser kit.

Mr Valls has now told Le Parisien newspaper that an 11 fine for not possessing a self-evaluating breathalyser would not help reduce the number of alcohol related road deaths.

British motorists planning to drive in France should be aware that a warning triangle, high viability jacket and UK number plates are all compulsory on the other side of the Channel. It is also suggested that service checks are carried out on a vehicle before taking it onto the continent.

Drivers entering France are still advised to carry breathalyser tests with them in their car even though they will no longer be fined for not having one.

published: 21/02/2013 11:00:01

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