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Insurancewith is advising their medical conditions travel insurance customers taking driving holidays to or through France this summer about a change in the law. The new measure will require all drivers to carry a breathalyser kit in their car. The new rules will apply from 1st July for anyone travelling through or to France by car, even if it is just a day trip, all French drivers have to comply with this law as well.
The new rule is intended so people can check whether or not they are over the French drink driving limit. The legal limit in France is 50mg per 100ml of blood, which is lower than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml of blood. The kits cost £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France. Although you are only required to produce one kit for the police if you are stopped, we would suggest you carry a minimum of two at any time, so if you do use one you will still have one to produce to the police. It must also be noted that should you have an accident or incident while under the influence of alcohol you could invalidate your travel insurance policy.
Another thing to remember if you are going to France is an in date EHIC card, however this is no substitution for travel insurance particularly if you have a medical condition. We would urge anyone with a medical condition to take out travel insurance with medical conditions cover; this will give additional cover such as repatriation which is not included under the EHIC.