If you are planning a drive in France later this year you will need to carry an extra piece of kit with you.

From 1 July 2012 French laws are changing, and it will become compulsory for all drivers to have a breathalyser kit in the car.

The kit costs around £2 and is likely to be available from Channel ports. Motorists are being encouraged to have two so that if one is used, there is a spare. Those caught without a breathalyser kit face an €11 (approx £9) fine, though the French authorities have indicated that there will be a grace period until November, when they will start issuing penalties.

The drink-driving limit in France is 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which is lower than the limit in the UK which is 80mg.

Other compulsory requirements whilst driving in France include carrying a warning triangle, a fluorescent vest, GB number plates or sticker and adjusting headlights for driving on the right.

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