FTA warns haulage drivers to prepare for French breathalyser rules

11th May 2012

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has issued a reminder to haulage drivers travelling through France that they will be required to carry a special breathalyser kit.

Under the changes, fleet motorists will be expected to carry a single-use breath test kit from the start of next month, though fines for not carrying one will only begin on November 1st.

The new measure has been introduced in an attempted to curb the amount of drink-driving witnessed in the Gallic region. Figures estimate that as many as 4,000 deaths in France last year were caused by drink driving.

French authorities hope that the inclusion of this new breathalyser will reduce this number with drivers able to test themselves before travelling. Police meanwhile, will continue to operate tests on any driver they suspect of being over the limit.

In a bid to help fleet drivers travelling across the continent, Shopfta will be stocking the disposable breathalysers recommended for the new initiative.

Sam Law, General Manager of Shopfta said:"If companies want to guarantee that they have breathalysers in their vehicles in time for November, when the law is enforced, they need to order now for delivery in October.

“This pre-ordering will help us to ensure we have sufficient stocks to fulfil all orders, as we are already experiencing extremely high demand."

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