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France: French Solution For Mandatory Breathalyzer

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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If you've been following the news here last year, you'll have read about the incredible law that was created, making it mandatory to have at least 1 breathalyzer kit in any motorized vehicle on the French territories. That meant that all motorcycles above 50cc had to have a breathalyzer, in working condition (meaning you'd need to have two, since if you use one, you need to have another one in working condition). If you were stopped and didn't have one, you'd be fined €11.

Since this meant that all European vehicles transiting France needed to have one, you can imagine the nightmare it became to have breathalyzers in your car, or on you on your motorcycle. Especially when you consider you could only use ones that were approved in France. The two factories that made them were churning them out day and night.

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Eventually the Minister of Interior decided to suspend the law to study it a bit more. He gave the task to the Conseil national de securite routiere (CNSR), the French national road safety council. They have issued their report on Wednesday, with the following, very French, way of dealing with the issue:

The CNSR's recommendation is the continue making breathalyzers mandatory in every vehicle (and now possibly even 50cc mopeds), but not to fine anyone if they don't have it.

Did you catch that? You're supposed to have it, but if you don't, that's fine as well. In other words, don't bother!

The company that produces the majority of breathalyzers in Europe, Contralco, has reduced it's employees from 310 to 84 due to the sudden stoppage of orders.

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NOTE: On a good note from the same CNSR, they have recommended that the French state put back in place warnings signs for all upcoming speed radars.


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