France backs down on breathalyser fine
France has shelved plans to fine motorists who fail to carry a breathalyser in their car due to a shortage of breath-testing kits.
The penalty, which was due for introduction next month, would have meant an €11 (£9.50) fine for those without a breathalyser – with the equipment costing from £6 for single use kits to £60 for pocket electronic devices.
Despite ditching plans to fine motorists, carrying a self-test breathalyser is still a requirement for motorists in France, as well as a warning triangle and fluorescent safety vest.
For those caught with blood/alcohol levels above 50mg per 100ml, a typical penalty in France is a €135 (£116) fine plus penalty points.
Those with levels above the current UK limit of 80mg per 100ml, can face fines up to €4,500 (£3,900) and two years imprisonment.
See below for current drink-drive limits around Europe (mg per 100 ml of blood):
Czech Republic: 0mg