Sunday, 1 July 2012

Breath tests

As from today the 1st July it is now a requirement under French law that all drivers have to carry a single use breath test kit in their car at all times. Here is a short YouTube video showing it's use.

While it is law from today it appears that there will be a period of grace up to November the 1st until it will be enforced.
I cannot believe that these kits that only cost 2 or 3 euros can give an accurate reading and personally I think it could result in some people relying on them when in fact they shouldn't be driving.

I may be cynical  but it appears that  Mr. Daniel Orgeval, the president of the road safety lobby group that was responsible  for persuading persuaded the previous government to adopt the law is also a senior director of one of the only two companies licensed to produce the kits!

1 comment:

  1. Can't even find the damn things for sale! We eventually saw some a few months ago after searching for months in the car section of the supermarket, only to find them in the booze section. But they were priced at €6 ish and my OH refused to pay that, saying the official websites said they were supposed to cost about €1-2. Now they've sold out!