Motorists will have to carry a portable breathalyser in France

Drivers crossing the channel will have to carry a portable breath-testing kit to take their car to France.

New laws will make the equipment compulsory for all cars on French roads from July 1, with anyone caught without the equipment facing an 11 euro (£9.20) fine.

Around three million Britons a year take their car abroad and the new offence comes into force on July 1 as the holiday season approaches its height.

The kits, costing up to £2 are expected to be available at Channel ports and will enable motorists to see if they are under the French limit of 50 mg per 100ml of blood which is 30 mg lower than in the UK.

Any devices would have to comply with safety standards set by the French authorities.

It is the latest in a series of requirements imposed on drivers by the French Government. Motorists are also legally obliged to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent vest as well as displaying a GB plate and adjusting their headlights to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.

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