Welcome to French Breathalyzers, dedicated
to NF approved Breathalyzers for use
under the new French Breathalyzer law.
Travelling to France and want to know what breathalyser you need to carry in your vehicle?
Aware that the legal driving limit is lower in France and need to know whether you are fit to drive?
What do I need to carry?
You need to carry an NF approved Single Use kit (at least 2) or an NF Digital breathalyzer. A Single Use kit is the cheapest solution at £2.99 inc VAT.
How many do I need?
It is recommended you carry at least two of the single use kits for the following reasons:
– You can still use one and remain compliant with the legal requirement
– If one becomes damaged, a second remains available for inspection. The law requires an un-used breathalyzer kit is in the car at all times.
A digital breathalzyer is re-usable and you would only need one, however make sure that it is NF approved and within its calibration period!
What is “NF” approval?
The NF approval process is run by the LNE for the French Government. Only kits that carry the NF logo are Genuine NF kits – they are also issued with a certificate (like this one) and are listed on the French LNE website here.
I don’t drink, do I need one?
Sadly, while your liver will appreciate your abstinence the Gendarme won’t be interested. EVERY vehicle must carry at least ONE approved Breathalyzer Kit or Digital Breathalyzer – but you don’t have to use it!
Where can I buy a NF single use kit or digital device?
You can order them from us – just click the links in the top bar.
If you buy a kit without the NF Logo, it is NOT NF approved! Unfortunately there are a number of suppliers using phrases such as “tested in accordance with NFX 702” etc. It’s a bit like saying your car “has been tested in accordance” with the MOT – even though it failed the test. No Certificate = No Logo = Not Approved!
If the Police think I’ve been drinking, will I have to use my kit or will the Police use their own Breathalyzer to test me?
NO. The Gendarme will NOT ask you to use your own kit – you simply have to carry a kit in the car, the same as you need to carry a Hi Vis Jacket & Warning Triangle.
Are the Kits available in Bulk for commercial use or Retail Sale?
Yes they are – email the quantity you require a quotation for to email@example.com
How do I spot fake kits that are not NF Approved?
To be approved it MUST have a bag to blow into and it MUST have the NF logo on the packaging like this:
Has this law actually been passed, or is it still just a proposal?
The Law came into effect on the 1st July 2012. The implementation of the fines has been delayed but the regulations requiring them to be carried has already been implemented.