It is now illegal to drive in England and Wales if you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood. The police are entitled to conduct roadside testing if they think you’ve taken drugs. There will be a series of tests e.g. asking you to walk in a straight line and they can also use a roadside drug kit to screen for illegal drugs. If the police think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, they will arrest you and will take a blood or urine test at a police station to establish which drug is involved and the quantity in the blood.
The offence for drug-driving will carry a mandatory disqualification for a minimum of 1 year, a fine of up to £5,000 and a maximum of six months’ imprisonment. Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving which will last for 11 years.
Employers should check that driving policies and substance misuse policies reflect the current position. We can review your driving and substance misuse policies for you along with the rest of your policies to ensure they are up to date and in line with key legislation. Please get in touch if you would like us to arrange this for you on 01892 525 353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.