France to scrap law requiring drivers to carry alcohol breathalyser in cars at all times

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A law that requires all drivers in France to keep at least one disposable breathalyser kit in the car at all times is to be scrapped, it has been decided.

The controversial rule, which was first introduced in March 2013, has meant that all Britons crossing the Channel in their vehicles have legally been obliged to have one of the breathalysers with them.

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But the confusing stipulation is set to be dropped by the French government, which is due to adopt a new transport and mobility bill into law that discards the requirement for the kits.

The rule demanding that motorists carry at least one breathalyser in France has caused serious confusion since former president François Hollande chose to scrap fines for not having them.

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Under original plans, any motorist caught by police without a single-use breathalyser would have received an €11 penalty.

However, the former president controversially opted to cancel on-the-spot fines before the rule came into force in March 2013.

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But despite their being no penalty in place for failing to having a disposable testing kit, Hollande retained the law stating that motorists needed one in their car at all times.

With the implications of ignoring the law unknown, motoring organisations have since continued to recommend to drivers that they carry at least one of the disposable kits - which cost around £3 in Halford or £6 on P&O ferries - to avoid a ticking off from the Gendarmerie.

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The law is now being abolished entirely as part of the 'Le projet de loi d'orientation des mobilités' bill, which MPs voted in favour this week with 364 votes to 130.

It's been reported that ministers are happy to see the rule removed due to its lack of...
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