Breathaliser kit

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  1. Gunner29

    Gunner29 Read Only Funster

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    I'm sure you are aware that these kits are still required in France Saw a notice on P&O ferries yesterday to the effect that they have dropped the E 11 fine but if caught without a kit you will need to report to a police station with one within 5 days.
    A lot of hassle just for a small outlay to purchase the kit
     
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    Surely it couldn't be a ploy by P&O ferries to make more unsuspecting tourists buy their huge stock of "French Breathalyser Kits" at over inflated prices.....:RollEyes:

    Or am I just becoming an old cynic.... (in true Funster tradition)......:Wink:


    :BigGrin:
     
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    Well.

    A gendarme stops me. Checks my papers. All ok but no breathalyser.

    Whoops.

    So he is going to fill in the paperwork needed for me to go to a police station within five days having acquired aforementioned item.

    Then he is going to check whether I have or not.

    Then, when he finds that I haven't, he will hand the matter over to another department so they can track me down through the Portuguese authorities to get the €60(ish) fine?

    As teenagers would say...

    "Yeah right".


    There is a reason for everything and I very much doubt P&O's reason for the breathalyser notice is to prevent you from getting into trouble with the French authorities.


    JJ :Cool:

    PS. In over thirty years of continental touring through France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal and even bloody Switzerland I have NEVER been asked to produce...

    High viz jackets.
    First aid kit.
    Bulb set.
    Hazard triangles.
     
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  6. Wildbill

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    wat it cost just carry them then you wont nead to worry then should i have them or not:thumb:
     
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    I guess P & O are trying to shift their stock any way they can.

    Never had one and will not be getting one. I'm over there three time a year. I just roll down the little wheel on the headlights to stop any dazzle, but then I tend not to use the motorways and tourist routes that the French Police seem to favour for their checks
     
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    my first thought was how they would enforce this but it will be interesting to read if someone WAs stopped by the Frence Police or had an accident and was over the limit etc No excuse. We all buy Road Tax, health insurance and vehicle insurance so whats a few ££
    But I know from another post there will be lots of dissenters.
     
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    JJ

    Can I assume that you do carry all the kit you mentioned above.
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    You're kiding :Laughing:Never... He's got someone on board who will deal with the Gendarmerie or Police or whoever dares to show up when in France and when the said person is on board!

    Frogs are small but they 've got a b****y big mouth sometimes (or a big smile or ... errrr a short skirt:BigGrin::Wink:)


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Cool:

    PS: Never been asked anything since I have my driving licence , and that was 36 years ago, and I've been controlled a few times!:Cool:
     
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    I do carry all the kit required, including 2xbreathalysers. However they go out of date soon, so probably will not replace them. At least with most of the other stuff you can see a purpose, however the breathalysers just look like a money making scam.
    If you do need to buy them French supermarkets are usually cheaper, never buy anything like this on the ferry as you will pay through the nose.
     
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    If you really are worried about being stopped then buy in France !! Cheaper by far . Ferries as said jst want to clear their stocks !!

    I bought initially as I live here but have no intentions if replacing if out of date. In fact they may be as I haven't checked :RollEyes:
     
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    My brother was in a 3 car smash in Normandy over the summer.

    3 police cars came, it was swarming with Gendarmes.

    He wasnt asked to produce a breathalyser, high viz jackets, warning triangles or indeed anything at all.

    Just as well:BigGrin:

    Oh and he didnt have beam deflectors on either:Doh:

    We both love living on the edge:BigGrin:
     
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    Never had those, I only drive in the daylight hours !!!:Doh:

    Incidentally, have you ever seen a foreign registered vehicle with them on !!:Eeek:

    To quote JJ......." Yea right " ....:Cool::Cool::Cool:
     
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    do beam deflectors actually work? I can never tell if I have them in the right postion on the headlamp and when driving I cant work out if I have deflected the beam properly. I remember a few years ago driving at night in France and being flashed a few times with my dipped beam on and headlamp deflectors.

    cheers

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    I have never bothered with them.

    I get flashed in this country if I am driving a car with decent headlights on dip.
     
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    Yeah but thats just to tell you to keep the noise down. I couldnt help but notice you wernt at Fairlight the weekend :Rofl1:
     
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    This is the latest about the Breathalyser kits. Not heard anything official to conflict with it so I guess the situation is still the same.
    "The French minister of interior has announced an indefinite delay on the introduction of fines for motorists that do not carry a breathalyser kit.
    The fines were due to be introduced in March 2013, having already been delayed from November 2012 due to a shortage of kits. All drivers in France, including motorcyclists, are required to carry a breathalyser kit and the €11 (about £9.50) fine for not carrying one would have been applicable to all road users, except those on mopeds.
    Although a self-test breathalyser remains a requirement, the decision means there is no legislation to enforce a fine for non-compliance
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    I have one in the glovebox as well as the other mandatory items and fit headlamp deflectors. You can get fined for not having deflectors fitted, even if its a sunny day if you get an ar*ey gendarme.
    I also disable the speed camera warning in my satnav and phone... :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Allan
     
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    We almost went actually.:BigGrin:
     
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    WE walked into Hastings again,this time via Fairlight and the fire hills. My god what a trek.Its all climbs and declines,steep ones at that.We never even took a drink as we had no idea it was such hard going but we are going back this weekend to do it again but have a good look around this time with a ruck sack full of stuff.
     

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