New Motoring Laws in France
Travelling to France this year? Are you aware of the new French breathalyzer rules that take effect on the 1st July 2012. There are said to be over 3 million UK drivers taking the vehicles abroad this year. So if you are travelling through France this maybe worth a quick read.
If you are driving through France you are now required to carry at least one disposable breathalyzer at all times. Be sure that the breathalyzer complies to the French regulations, which carries the ‘NF’ markings. This announcement was made in July, however the new ruling will not be enforced until November 2012
France has an unfortunate record when it comes to drink driving, and is the cause of 1 in 3 deaths on the road. This has led to the need to intervene with a growing problem, in an attempt to improve road safety. Interestingly, France have a much more severe punishment for drink drivers than in the UK, with the potential to serve up to 3 years in prison.
France have other necessities that you need to consider. Make sure that you have a GB sticker on your registration plate. It is required by law to carry a warning triangle and a high visibility jacket. It is worth pointing out that it is against the law to have a sat nav in your car that can locate speed cameras, regardless as to whether it is in use or not.
Hopefully this article sums up the importance of researching any foreign countries you plan on visiting.