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Compulsory to carry breathalysers when driving in France this spring informs DFDS Seaways 

Date published: 5 January 2012

Leading Dover – France ferry operator, DFDS Seaways (formerly Norfolkline) is highlighting the need for drivers to begin carrying disposable breathalysers in their cars when driving in France, as this will be made compulsory under French rules from this spring.

As part of a continued programme to cut the number of road deaths in France, the new measures were proposed by President Sarkozy at the end of last year. The breathalysers will allow drivers to check whether they are under the legal limit before driving. Drivers caught without a breathalyser in their car will face a €17 fine.

Andrew Kelly, Marketing and PR Manager, DFDS Seaways English Channel, said: “Although the new law is not due to be implemented until the Spring, and final details are still to be announced, we want to ensure our passengers are fully aware of the obligation to carry a breathalyser in their vehicles when driving on French roads, and will be fully prepared.”

“DFDS Seaways will continue to provide its passengers with the opportunity to purchase compulsory driving equipment on board, so that drivers can ensure they are compliant with all French driving laws.”

DFDS Seaways sails from Dover – Dunkirk up to 12 times a day and crossings take around two hours. For more information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times and book tickets, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7241.