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The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and AlcoSense breathalysers are reminding motorists travelling to France that it is still a legal requirement to carry an NF approved breathalyser in all vehicles.

The easiest way to tell if the breathalyser complies with the French legislation is to make sure it has the blue circular NF logo, like the AlcoSense NF breathalyser. The NF logo is the French equivalent of the BSI kite mark in the UK.

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

Anyone driving in France is already required to carry a warning triangle and a fluorescent safety vest to use in an emergency. Additionally UK motorists and motorcyclists must display a GB plate.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “Although the law for carrying breathalysers will no longer be enforced through fines, in order to comply with the law, you will need to carry an NF approved breathalyser while travelling in France. While these are a good way of being sure you are safe to drive, if you’re going to drink don’t drive, and beware the morning after effect.”

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AlcoSense managing director Hunter Abbott said: “It is still a legal requirement to carry an NF approved breathalyser. There are less than a handful of brands who have the official NF approvals, make sure you buy a product with the blue NF logo on it, like the AlcoSense NF Breathalyser.”

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

AlcoSense™ is a multi-award-winning manufacturer and distributor of consumer breathalysers under the AlcoSense brand, targeted at reducing unintentional morning after drink driving.

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Working on the same principles as Police breathalysers, AlcoSense detects the concentration of alcohol in your breath enabling the unit to provide an accurate and discreet Blood Alcohol Concentration reading and alert you if you are near to or above the UK drink drive limit.

There are five models in the AlcoSense range. There are three electronic re-usable breathalysers in the range: AlcoSense Elite retails for £59.99 (winner of What Car? Best Breathalyser under £100 Award); AlcoSense Lite is £39.99 (winner of the What Car? Best Breathalyser under £40 Award) and AlcoSense ONE is £29.99. AlcoSense also has two models of disposable single use chemical breathalysers retailing for £2.99 per tester, AlcoSense Singles, a single use disposal breathalyser for the UK and Irish drink drive limits costing, and the AlcoSense Singles NF for use in France where it is now a legal requirement for drivers to carry a breathalyser in their car.

AlcoSense products are available nationwide from Halfords and most Boots stores, and online at www.alcosense.co.uk.

Tony Carter

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