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Breathalysers needed for your ‘van rouge’

By: Dave Robbins
12 September 2012

All freight drivers travelling through France must now carry at least one government approved breathalyser in their cab. The law, which was originally introduced in July, includes vans and private cars. However, the French authorities have been allowing a period of grace during the summer. This comes to an end on 1st November. After that date, if you’re found not to be carrying one, you’ll face a fine of 11 (that’s about £8.70 at current exchange rates).


Fortunately, preparing yourself for the changes won’t break the bank. The official French version ‘NF’ breathalyser costs around £2 and is available from a number of on-line suppliers and high street retailers.


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