to French Breathalyzers, dedicated
to NF approved Breathalyzers for use
under the new French Breathalyzer law.
already a fair amount of confusion over what is required
by the new Breathalyzer law that came into force last
July. Hopefully we can help answer you
questions and supply you with whatever best suits your
do I need to carry?
You need to carry a
French NF-Approved Digital Breathalyzer or
Breathalyzer Kit. A
Disposable Breathalyzer Kit
is the cheapest solution at £
inc VAT (or save 20% and buy a
pack of 5 for
inc VAT; shipping is also available FREE on the 5 pack). The French Police are suggesting
vehicles carry at least two, so that if one is used to
check the driver, a second remains for inspection but
requires either an NF Approved digital
breathalyzer or one unused breathalyzer kit.
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
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 =
Police think I've been drinking, will I have to use my
kit or will the Police use their own Breathalyzer to
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.
Digital (ie reusable) Breathalyzers
At present there are very few low-cost
NF Digital Breathalyzers as
the majority that have approvals are full Police-Spec
devices. At present we are the only UK supplier of NF
approved Digital Breathalyzers; we currently have two
(to be joined shortly by a third) that are supplied with
the necessary certification.
What if I don't drink?
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!
Are the Kits available in
Bulk for commercial use or Retail Sale?
Yes they are - complete a request for a quotation
Where can I buy a kit?
You can order them from us
- just click the buttons above.
How do I spot fake kits that arn't NF Approved?
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
The Law came
into effect on the 1st July 2012. The
implementation of the fines has been delayed until March
1st 2013 but the regulations requiring them to be
carried has already been implemented.
Click here to view
and English Translation of the actual Decree
For a wide range of Breathalysers
designed for use in the UK, click the logo above to
visit our UK Breathalysers sister site.