British holidaymakers need breathalysers

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

British tourists have been warned that, from July, all cars in the European country will be required to carry a breathalyser kit, or else face being fined.

As part of a move to drive down car insurance claims, the French authorities have made the changes, and even people just passing through, as many Brits do after having got the ferry at Dover, will need to have one on board.

In the past, Brits have found themselves also having to carry a hazard triangle in France, which is not compulsory in the UK.

While some people have criticised the action, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that it is a good move to bring down the risk of crashes.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said:  "The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related-accidents.  France's lower limit means it’s very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well."

Posted by Noel Martin

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