From 1 July 2012 it is compulsory for drivers of all motor vehicles including motorcyclists but excluding mopeds, to carry a breathalyser in their vehicle while travelling in France.
The breathalyser has to be a certified by the French authorities, showing an ‘NF’ number.
The official text states that one unused certified breathalyser must be produced.
We recommend that two single-use breathalysers are carried, so if one is used or damaged you will still have a replacement to produce.
The French minister of interior has announced an indefinite delay on the introduction of fines for motorists that do not carry a breathalyser kit.
The fines were due to be introduced in March 2013, having already been delayed from November 2012 due to a shortage of kits.
All drivers in France, including motorcyclists, are required to carry a breathalyser kit and the €11 (about £9.50) fine for not carrying one would have been applicable to all road users, except those on mopeds.
Although a self-test breathalyser remains a requirement, the decision means there is no legislation to enforce a fine for non-compliance.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) suggests that visitors to France should also take a breathalyser kit with them.