'Drug-driving' scrips review

Prescription medicines that affect people's fitness to drive could be included in a new drug-driving offence being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT).

A new law on drug-driving is being proposed, as well as legislation allowing police officers to require a biological sample for analysis from anyone suspected of being unfit to drive because of drugs they have taken.

The DfT is seeking views on whether such an offence should also apply to drugs prescribed or obtained legally.

The DfT is proposing to focus on illegal drugs, but says it will continue to assess whether the use of prescribed medication that could impair driving is effectively managed by health professionals' advice.

Under current law anyone driving when unfit because of drugs they have taken, whether prescribed medicines or illegal drugs, is guilty of an offence and this offence will still be available to courts.

However, a lack of roadside tests for drugs has made enforcement of the law difficult.

Studies have found that one in five drivers involved in fatal accidents have impairing prescription or illegal drugs in their blood.


Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Woman holding face in pain

Should GPs treat patients presenting with dental problems?

The MDU's Dr Kathryn Leask considers what GPs should do if a patient presents with...

Conservative Party leadership candidate and foreign secretary Liz Truss

Liz Truss vows to resolve GP pension tax crisis if she becomes prime minister

Liz Truss has affirmed her commitment to resolving the GP pensions crisis but has...

Baby receiving a vaccine in their thigh

JCVI advises changes to routine childhood and HPV immunisation schedules

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended a change...

GP consultation

General practice delivering 'up to double the appointments it is paid for'

General practice in England may be delivering as many as double the number of appointments...

Sign outside BMA House

GP suicide sparks calls for measures to protect doctors from spiralling workloads

The government and policymakers must do more to safeguard doctors and NHS staff from...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Living with long COVID

In August we’re bringing you some of the best interviews from series one of the podcast....