All drivers in France will soon have to carry a portable breath-testing kit.... .23 February 2012 New laws will make the equipment compulsory for all cars on French roads from July 1, with anyone caught without the equipment facing a fine. . Around three million Britons a year take their car abroad and the new offence comes into force on July 1 as the holiday season approaches its height. . The kits, costing up to £2 are expected to be available at Channel ports and will enable motorists to see if they are under the French limit of 50 mg per 100ml of blood [0.05% BAC] which is 30 mg lower than in the UK. . Any devices would have to comply with safety standards set by the French authorities. . It is the latest in a series of requirements imposed on drivers by the French Government. Motorists are also legally obliged to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent vest as well as displaying a GB plate and adjusting their headlights to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers. . The Institute of Advanced Motorists advised drivers to carry two kits, to ensure they have one spare. . “The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related-accidents," said Neil Greig, the IAM's director of policy and research. . "France’s lower limit means it’s very easy to be over the limit [the morning after drinking alcohol] as well." . Andrew Howard, the AA's head of road safety, added: "They are not a good idea, because a driver's metabolism means that the alcohol level doesn't peak until 45 minutes after drinking. . "You could pass a test in the car park after an agreeable lunch and then fail when stopped by the police three-quarters of an hour later. The only sensible advice remains if you drink don't drive and if you drive, don't drink." . . Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring...to-carry-portable-breathalyser-in-France.html . I wonder who this is meant for - there's nothing about drivers having to actually use them - and if they do use one then they'd immediately need to get a new one! If it's for the convenience of the cops, then since there's no calibration and not guarantee of accuracy it seems a bit pointless. The whole concept seems like a truly half-baked proposal. I wonder if they have been using any Victorian consultants over there?