top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

More drivers in France to face breath-test

More drivers could be forced to use breath-test devices before starting a car under new plans from the Interior Ministry to cut drink-driving.

Minister Christophe Castaner said the units should be used more as an alternative to a ban and to cut accidents, while helping drink-drivers who face losing work if their licences are removed.

Prefects can decide whether to use the system but only 55 departments do so at present.

The technology is mandatory in school buses but car units are expensive, costing €1,700 to fit, though they can be rented for €100 a month.

The legal limit in France is 0.5g/l, or about two units – two small beers or glasses of wine – or  0.2g/l for new drivers on probationary licences.

The offence rises from an ordinary fine and points off the licence to the more serious délit category from 0.8g/l.

The use of the new equipment as an alternative to a ban is allowed at the 0.8-1.8g/l level.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France