Driving to Poland, Romania in Spring? Don’t forget to carry a breathalyser in your car!

French driving laws are changing – it will be compulsory to carry a breathalyser when driving in France this spring, informs DFDS Seaways.

Leading Dover – France ferry operator, DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline) is highlighting the need for its Polish and Romanian passengers to carry disposable breathalysers in their cars when driving in France. The new equipment will be made compulsory under French rules from this Spring. Drivers caught without a breathalyser in their car will face a €17 fine.

The new measures were proposed by President Sarkozy. The breathalysers will allow drivers to check whether they are under the legal limit before driving which will hopefully reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents and road deaths in France, said Piotr Szewcow, Marketing Executive at DFDS Seaways.

Although the final details are still to be announced, we want to ensure our Romanian passengers are fully aware of the obligation to carry a breathalyser in their cars when driving on French roads in spring. Currently drivers travelling in France must carry a warning triangle, a GB sticker and a reflective vest in their cars. DFDS Seaways will continue to provide its passengers with the opportunity to purchase compulsory driving equipment on board, so that they can ensure they are compliant with all French driving laws, added Piotr Szewcow.

More information on motoring regulations in different European countries can be found here:

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