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Breathalysers again

We are travelling to the Uk later this month via the tunnel. Yesterday we had an email message from them regarding the fact that we will be travelling at a busy time. Part of the email reads:
" In-car breathalyser

On 1 July 2012, a new legislation came into force in France. All drivers of a motorised land vehicle, excluding mopeds, must possess a digital breathalyser or an unused (and immediately available) breathalyser kit which conforms to NF standards. This rule equally applies to vehicles registered outside France. Only vehicles fitted with Breathalyser Interlocks are excluded. Failure to carry a breathalyser in your vehicle will NOT incur a fine.

Be fully prepared. Call into the AA travelshop, in our Folkestone Passenger Terminal Building, for all compulsory or recommended car equipment required for driving abroad."


Well: we have the kits but we thought that the law had not been promulgated. Good way to sell unwanted items though.  In any case we are travelling from Calais...



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Look at the date: yes, the legislation was passed but subsequently it has been decided to reduce the fine to zero.
So, you are supposed to have one in your car, but will not face a fine if you do not.
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Pickles
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In that case if I did not live here I would not bother! Thanks for clarifying this though.

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I think they charge something like £7 a pop in the UK for a breathalyser when they are €1,25 in supermarkets here. Its all a ploy to get motorists to buy expensive items over there.
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They finally appeared in the supermarkets round here a couple of months ago. Then after a month they disappeared. Nobody was buying them!Big Smile [:D]
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Why would they !

Only the French could transform what was a daft and pointless law in the first place into a ridiculous 'non law', I mean how you can possibly make a law which says that you 'must' do something but then attach absolutely no penalty for not doing it, exactly how is that a law ?

I reckon the situation as it stands is a sop to Sarkos mate at Contralco who must have invested mega bucks in ramping up production in order to supply the untold millions of the wretched devices which original (mis)conceived law would have seen sold year on year but then saw it evaporate virtually in the blink of an eye.

Ho ho ho

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Only they werent able to ramp up production to a situation that they themselves engineered  so it wasnt even a case of reacting to a changing market, they had a massive head start on all the competition but in typical fashion even that wasnt enough, all the delays to the law were because the french manufacturer could not meet the demand that it had created.
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 Hereford wrote:
We are travelling to the Uk later this month via the tunnel. Yesterday we had an email message from them regarding the fact that we will be travelling at a busy time. Part of the email reads:
" In-car breathalyser

On 1 July 2012, a new legislation came into force in France. All drivers of a motorised land vehicle, excluding mopeds, must possess a digital breathalyser or an unused (and immediately available) breathalyser kit which conforms to NF standards. This rule equally applies to vehicles registered outside France. Only vehicles fitted with Breathalyser Interlocks are excluded. Failure to carry a breathalyser in your vehicle will NOT incur a fine.

Be fully prepared. Call into the AA travelshop, in our Folkestone Passenger Terminal Building, for all compulsory or recommended car equipment required for driving abroad."


Well: we have the kits but we thought that the law had not been promulgated. Good way to sell unwanted items though.  In any case we are travelling from Calais...

Just got the same email as you from Eurotunnel. However, when I looked at the French version of the email - look lower down in the email - there was an important difference in the French translation of the section you quote above:

Sachez qu'à défaut de présentation d'un éthylotest, le conducteur ne peut pas être sanctionné. (Décret n° 2013-180 du 28 février 2013 modifiant l'article R 233-1 du Code de la route)

Hmmm ... bit sneaky that, eh?


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Pickles
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