Home Menu Search

Expert Drug Offence Panel to be set up

5 January 2012

 RoadSafe welcomes the announcement by The Department for Transport (DfT) that it is establishing an expert panel to consider the technical aspects of introducing a new offence of driving with an illegal drug in your body.
 
The DfT's response to the North review made it clear that driving while impaired by drugs is as important an issue as drink-driving. It is now relatively easy to enforce the law against drink-driving, while the equally serious driving whilst impaired by drugs is more difficult to deal with effectively.

It said that it would examine the case for a new specific drug driving offence - alongside the existing one - which would relieve the need for the police to prove impairment case-by-case where a specified drug had been detected.The panel will look at how such an offence could be defined as well as considering whether it is possible to set levels for the impairing effects of specific drugs.

The panel's terms of reference are under development and are likely to be finalised when the panel has been fully assembled and starts work. This is expected to be in the spring.
 

Related news, events and information

The DfT proposes a consultation concerning drug driving

9 July 2013 – Earlier this year, the government introduced primary legislation to Parliament that would create a new offence...

New measures to tackle drug driving

9 July 2014 – Tough new measures to crack down on the menace of drug driving moved a step closer today after the government...

Scotland announces ‘zero tolerance’ approach to drug-driving

21 January 2019 – The Scottish government is to further strengthen its stringent road safety laws by introducing drug-driving...

PACTS Conference - 16th October 2012

27 June 2012 – The Paliamentary Advisory Council for Transort Safety (PACTS), is holding a conference entitled 'Driving While...

Crackdown on drink and drug driving

21 March 2011 – RoadSafe welcomes the package of measures to tackle drink and drug driving announced by UK Transport Secretary...

New Proposals to tackle Dangerous Drivers

20 November 2008 – Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced a range of new proposals to tackle drink and drug drivers...

New course to educate drink drivers of the dangers of drug driving

1 November 2016 – Story from Fleet News. The Department for Transport is trialing the addition of drug driving education to the...

Scotland's new lower drink drive limit

22 December 2014 – Scotland's new lower drink drive limit is now 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. This came...

ACPO launches summer safety campaign

5 June 2012 – The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has launched its month long crack down on drink and drug...