Going to France? Remember your breathalyser!
The man and van team have done the odd European delivery job in the past and were interested to hear of new motoring laws that have come into force in France. The law requires all motorists and motorcyclists to travel with two single-use breathalysers as part of a government drive to reduce the number of drink-drive related deaths.
The law will include foreign drivers from November 1st and anyone failing to produce a breathalyser after that date will be slapped with an 11 euro fine. French police will be carrying out random checks on drivers travelling through the Channel Tunnel and on ferries.
In what will be a bonanza for breathalyser manufacturers, Halfords said it is selling one kit every minute of the day as British travellers and couriers rush to ensure they don’t fall foul of the new regulations. 500 lives a year could be saved by the law, according to the French government, which will encourage drivers who suspect they may be over the limit to test themselves before they get on the road.
And it’s not just breathalysers; all motorists will also need to have a high-vis safety vest and a warning triangle with them too. Despite the rise in sales, Halfords say that 6 out of 10 drivers are still unaware of the new legislation so if you know someone going on holiday, or a transport company who need a heads up, then be sure to let them know.
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