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Driving alcohol

Verified 27 mai 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You are not allowed to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 grammes (g) per litre (l) or more. The maximum permitted alcohol level is 0.2 g/l of blood in several situations: probationary period, accompanied driving, and since October 2019, vehicle equipped with EAD. The police and the gendarmerie can carry out blood alcohol tests. If these levels are exceeded, the applicable penalties differ depending on whether the level exceeds 0,8 g/l of blood.

General case

The maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,5 g/l blood (i.e. 0.25 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening by ethylotest is positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.5 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,5g/l and less than 0,8 g/l is contravention.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

A simulator tells you what you'll face if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister

Probation

If you probationary period, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.2 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.2g/l and less than 0.8g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

A simulator tells you what you'll face if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister

Driving

If you are in early learning, supervised or supervised driving, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out:

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.2 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.2g/l and less than 0.8g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

The following simulator will tell you what penalty you will incur if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister

Vehicle with EAD

Since October 2019, if your right to drive is limited to vehicles equipped with an approved start-up test device, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest is positivef.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out:

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.5 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.5g/l and less than 0.8 g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

The following simulator will tell you what penalty you will incur if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister