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Message about Breathalysers Still Not Getting Through. Even the Institute of Advanced Motorists are giving the wrong information out.

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Message about Breathalysers Still Not Getting Through.

June 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have conducted a poll of 2,300 motorists and the figures show that the message is still not getting through. Mind you our advice is still DO NOT BUY A BREATHALYSER KIT YET.

The law only starts on July 1st but NO FINES WILL BE ISSUED until November the 1st onwards so unless you are going to be driving in France after 1st November you WILL NOT need one. So if you are going on holiday in France during July and August and you buy one then you will just be wasting your money.

By this time next year the supply of these items and the demand will have leveled out and they will probably cost about half the price they do currently. Here at drivinginfrance.org we have been trying to damp down the fuss over these as for the vast majority of drivers this summer they are not required.

Here in this article they are saying you will be fined from July 1st. Well they are wrong YOU WILL NOT GET FINED TILL NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many times do we have to say it.

Anyway here is what the IAM article had to say...


Half of motorists are unaware that the breathalysers they will soon need to carry in France must be certified to the French NF standard, according to the IAM’s latest web poll of 2300 respondents. Compulsory from 1st July, the easiest way to tell if the breathalyser complies with the French legislation is to make sure it has the blue circular NF logo, the French equivalent of the BSI kite mark in the UK.

Other findings show that 82 per cent of people think that the new regulations will have no effect on reducing drink driving, as intended by the French authorities. Only 13 per cent said that the new regulations will reduce people driving over the limit, and 70 per cent said that drivers will only carry them to comply with the law, and will not change their behaviour.

Despite a general scepticism about the impact these new regulations will have, compliance is set to be high. Seventy-five per cent of respondents plan to take the breathalyser kit with them. Only seven per cent said they didn’t plan to. Eighteen per cent didn’t know or hadn’t thought about it.

The legal limit in France is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood, lower than in the UK (the UK limit is 80mg).

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Agree with the changes or not, from July 1st you will face a fine if you don’t carry an NF approved breathalyser while travelling in France. While these are a good way of being sure you are safe to drive, if you’re going to drink don’t drive, and beware the morning after effect.

“We will be looking forward to seeing the evaluation of what impact this new legislation is having. Support is likely to be higher if people can see that carrying a breathalyser actually reduces drink driving.”


  1. 1.The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.   http://www.iam.org.uk/


If you are still insistent on buying one of these (well it's your money) then we sell them here, but again I would like to stress that only from 1/11/2012 will it be a problem. I'm slightly annoyed that the IAM has put out this article without checking the full facts, they have clearly been guided by the manufacturers of these NF approved items who are obviously going to benefit from this type of scare mongering.


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