Over the limit in France

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  1. Nirvanauk

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    Now consider this, you are pulled over in France and breathalysed. You over the French limit which is 0.5% BAC at 0.6% BAC.
    Would they take your British licence from you? Now you return to the U.K. where the limit is 0.8% BAC, technically you are not over the u.k. limit so would you lose your licence.

    Any thoughts or answers on that?
     
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    at a guess....yes, you would get a ban.

    but then, the french have a different system to us...you could be banned for a couple of weeks or a couple of years...or is that spain !

    regardless of what it has printed on it, you are using a european driving licence and must abide by the rules of the country you are visiting.

    probably totally wrong though :Doh:
     
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    They would not bother.....especially in summer ............ far too hot to be bothered :Laughing:

    edit: I guess they would either ask you to stay on an aire till you got back to normal or ask partner if one , to drive (if not worse than you that is!)
     
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    Am not sure if its changed now but years ago many UK HGV licence holders that fell foul of the law in the UK and lost there licence here went to work in Europe having there trailers shipped out unaccompanied. They lived in France and kept there tractor unit over there. it was before the days of the EU so am not surprised if its now changed.
     
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    loads have all sorts of licences .change a spanish for a uklicence they aquire c1+e .then change it back to spanish .they keep it . have several then you only lose one .
     
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    don't drink and drive then you won't have to worry am i drunk or am i sober
    am i 0.5%BAC or 0.6%BAC and if you get cought
    just park up till the bans over LOL
     
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    Very true !! I tend to forget that to be in trouble with breathalysing... you have to drink:Eeek: , as ....I don't !!!!
     
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    I entirely agree with you but that was not the question that was posted.
     
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    If you're banned from driving in one country, that doesn't stop you driving elsewhere in Europe. Attempting to return to that country driving a vehicle, though, will lead to your arrest. However, according to the AA, drink driving convictions abroad do not affect your UK licence. They claim that even if your licence is confiscated abroad, the foreign government will simply send it to the DVLA, which will then return it to you without penalty!:Eeek:

    Full details HERE
     
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    It would depend on how well you speak French. Not that the French are racist of course, but if you notice French motoring law tends to be enacted for non residents.

    After all what French leader would dare to challenge the Great French Lunch!!
     
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    Well ...funnily I would say just the opposite ! I would think the less you speak french , the better you can go away with it !
    As I said previously , they would not bother filling numerous forms about foreigners which are not going to pay once back home when it is holidays time with lots and lots of people on the roads (french!!!! who are going to be fined!!!!...money money $$$$$$$$$$), hot weather and certainly more important things to do . If you are really drunk then they would take you to the "cellule de dégrisement" (prison for drunk people to wait safely that alcohol has no more effect on them). May be you would be instant fined ... which means you would have to pay cash to be released (PV à la volée...so called) and that's about it!!

    If you start trying to explain in french, they might then realise you can talk french, it will mean they will fill the form quite quickly ! Believe me ... play the innocent , the naive, apologise(you never saw , realise , blah blah blah) in english of course!!!.... don't be clever , speaking another language .... for once... be stupid ! (Martin , you just do as usual:RollEyes: :Laughing:)


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Wink:
     
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    What !!!!! A teatotal funster....never ! :Laughing:
     
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    Mutual recognition of Driving Disqualifications

    The only country the UK shares it Driving Disqualifications with is Ireland. (See link here)

    Therefore a disqualification in any other country would not be recognised outside its own borders. There has been talk with the "unification" of driving laws that more countries may share in the future but not currently.

    Steve
     
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