FRENCH BREATHALYSER RULE EXTENDED TO BIKERS
March 5 2012.

According to the IAM, the latest advice from the European motoring body the FIA says that drivers of all motor vehicles, including motorcyclists, will have to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicles when travelling in France.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, described the move as "a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents".

It was previously reported that from 1 July 2012 all drivers would need to carry a breathalyser kit, but it now appears that the €11 fine (for not having one) is also applicable to motorcyclists, but not moped riders.

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

Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy the requirement. The kits cost between £1 and £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France.

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest and motorcyclists should carry extra bulbs. UK motorists and motorcyclists must display a GB plate, and cars should have their headlights adjusted to the right.

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: "The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents. France's lower limit means it is very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well. As always, the best advice for road users is not to drink and drive at all."