French postpone breathalyser fines

French postpone breathalyser fines

The French government has postponed the introduction of fines for drivers not carrying a personal breathalyser kit in their car until March 2013.

The Gallic country originally published the new rule back in July this year, with a grace period before fines were introduced until November 2012 – but now it’s given drivers another four months more breathing space, literally.

Come spring time next year an €11 fine will be issued to pilots of all motor vehicles – including motorbikes, but excluding mopeds – found not carrying a kit to check their alcohol level.

The new legislation is intended to get motorists to self breath test to see whether they’re fit to drive.

However, the latest law has come under criticism, with many road safety organisation highlighting those inclined to drink and drive will do so anyway, while conscientious motorists will leave their car keys in the drawer when having a drop to drink.

Praise has been given to the single-use kits for their role the morning after though.

Director of policy and research at the institute of Advanced Motorists, Neil Grieg:

“The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents. France’s lower limit means it’s very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well, so these kits can help you to check alcohol levels after consuming alcohol.

“As always though, the best advice for road users is not to drink and drive at all.”



Automatic Number Plate Recognition CCTV cameras are now operational in car parks around the UK. Big brother is watching you – and he knows where you’ve been parking…

We live in a surveillance society in the UK and now ‘SwishPark’ technology is being employed increasingly around car parks in Britain.

The system automatically reads your car’s numberplate when you enter a SwishPark site, passing the details onto a third party company called Paythru to collect the fee from registered users.

Drivers not signed up to the service can still use the car parks – you’ll get a bit more time to register and pay-up, but if you don’t, you’ll soon be getting a letter from the DVLA landing on your door mat.

As all vehicle registration plates and therefore owner details are recorded on the DVLA database, Paythru can locate you and send out a fine for your parking indiscretion.

The companies involved say they have no plans to sell this information on or use the data for any other purposes, but it does raise issues of privacy rights.

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