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Driving under the influence of controlled drugs government consultation

8th August 2013

The UK department for transport has issued a consultation seeking views on proposals for threshold drug driving limits to be specified in the new regulations regarding the offence of driving with a controlled drug in the body. 

Views are sought on the government’s preferred policy option of making it an offence to drive if any of 16 controlled drugs are found in the blood over a specified limit. They propose a zero tolerance approach to the threshold limits that are given for 8 drugs most associated with illegal use; cannabis and cannabinol, cocaine, ketamine, benzoylecgonine, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), MDMA (Ecstasy), methamphetamine, 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM; Heroin/diamorphine). A road safety risk approach to the threshold limits is proposed for a further 8 drugs most associated with medical uses; clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, methadone, morphine, oxazepam and temazepam. A limit for amphetamine will be subject to a further consultation. Two other policy options are also considered.

This consultation follows the report ‘Driving under the influence of drugs’ from the expert panel on drug driving which was published in March 2013. The report states that there was not enough evidence to set threshold limits for other opioids e.g. codeine, dihydrocodeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, tramadol. However recommendations regarding the role of the health professionals in informing patients about the risks of driving under the influence of drugs are made. 

The consultation which closes on 17 September 2013 and the full report from the expert panel which advised the department for transport can be downloaded below.

Drug driving consultation

Drug driving expert panel report