French postpone new breathalyser rule fines

Bike breathalyser fines put back until next March

The fines were due to be enforced from November 1 this year, with all drivers in France, including motorcyclists, now required to carry a breathalyser kit. The €11 fine for failure to comply will be applicable to all road users, except for those on mopeds. Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy the requirement.

The legal drink-drive limit in France is 50mg per 100ml of blood, lower than in the UK’s 80mg limit.

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The kits cost between £1 and £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France. It is intended that people will be able to test themselves to check whether or not they are over the French limit.

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency. Additionally UK motorists and motorcyclists must display a GB plate.

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