The alcohol measuring kit, also known as the breathalyzer, shows the amount of alcohol in the tested person’s breath. Single-use teats and electronic breathalyzer kits are permitted. The single-use tests are made up of a tube and a plastic bag and can be bought for approx. EUR 1.50 from retailers (filling stations, supermarkets etc.) Single-use tests must show a manufacturer’s name and use-by date to be valid.
A vehicle which has been fitted with an electronic alcohol immobiliser in a licensed workshop does not have to carry a breathalyzer kit as well. If a driver is unable to show he has a valid alcohol measuring kit in a traffic control, he will have to expect a fine from 1 November onwards.
This regulation was published on 1 March 2012 in Article R.234-7 of the French Road Traffic Ordinance (code de la route).