New Drug Driving Law From March 2015

New Law Regarding Prescription Medicines come into Force in March 2015 It will then be illegal England and Wales to drive with certain illegal drugs in your blood, even if you’re not unfit to drive.

It will also be illegal to drive with certain levels of certain legal drugs if you’re unfit to drive.

New Drug Driving Law From March 2015

By The Acclaim Team on 17th February 2015 in News

New Law Regarding Prescription Medicines from March 2015

From March 2015 it will be illegal in England and Wales to drive with certain illegal drugs in the blood, even if you’re not deemed unfit to drive.

It is recommended that you should talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:

  • Lorazepam

  • Methadone

  • Clonazepam

  • Morphine or Opiate / Opioid-based drugs

  • Oxazepam

  • Temazepam

  • Diazepam

  • Flunitrazepam

 

You can drive after taking these drugs if:

  • You have been prescribed the drugs and advised how to take them by a healthcare professional
  • The drugs are not causing you to be unfit to drive

You could be prosecuted if you drive with certain levels of these drugs in your body and you haven’t been prescribed them.

The law currently only covers England and Wales, but you could still be arrested in Scotland or Northern Ireland if you are found unfit to drive.

Penalties for Drug Driving

If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll get:

  • A Minimum Driving Ban of 1 Year
  • A Fine of up to £5,000
  • Up to One Year in Prison
  • A Criminal Record

Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.

The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

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