Breathalyzer requirement postponed “until further notice” in France

Breathalyzer requirement postponed “until further notice” in France

In a press conference yesterday the Ministry of the Interior announced that the requirement to carry a breathalyzer or ethylotest in vehicles circulating on French roads has been postponed indefinitely sine die (without a date).

The measure was originally scheduled to take effect in 2012 had already been pushed forward to March 2013 due to supply shortages of the device. It has now been left in limbo awaiting the pronouncement of the National Council of Road Safety. Some say it is destined to be scrapped altogether. The lack of reliability of the devices are apparently the main source of concern.

UPDATE: Breathalyzer is back to being mandatory but without a fine. See post here

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Sylvia is a freelance journalist based in France, focusing on business and culture. A valued member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia is a regular contributor to our publication.

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  • France Toll Costs
    2013-01-29 14:17:32
    France Toll Costs
    This is quite an interesting development. I'd read online that there had been some instances of fake breathalysers being produced and sold illegally. Best wishes, Alex


    • Sylvia Davis, Property & Living Editor
      2013-01-29 16:48:26
      Sylvia Davis, Property & Living Editor
      I heard the same Alex. Even the reliability of the legitimate "éthylotests agréés" was being questioned. There was a report in the consumer magazine 60 millions de consommateurs.