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Government Consultation on Road Safety

The Government is consulting on a range of road safety measures, including changes to the drink-drive limit and enforcement methods.

The consultation document, launched today, proposes a range of measures aimed at improving road safety, including several relating to drink driving.

The consultation questions about drink driving are:

  • Do you have any comments on the use of targeted checkpoint testing for drink drivers?
  • Do you think we should withdraw the statutory right to a blood or urine test as an alternative to a breath test?
  • Please comment on three options in respect of the proposal to take away cover for High Risk Offenders (HROs) to drive after submitting a reapplication for a licence, while medical procedures are being carried out:
    • we move now to implement the change provided for in the Road Safety Act 2006 on the basis that we are satisfied that existing procedures allow ample time for medical examinations before a disqualification expires; or
    • we develop further powers either to require an HRO to submit a medical report with their re-application for a licence or to give them that option, to be implemented probably after we have removed the cover to drive; or
    • we defer implementing the change provided for in the Road Safety Act until we also have powers either to require HROs to submit a medical report with their re-application for a licence or give them that option.
  • Do you agree that the costs of implementing and enforcing a judicial alcohol ignition interlock scheme would be disproportionate?
  • What priority do you think should be given to a change in the prescribed alcohol limit for driving?
  • What evidence are you able to offer – and what further evidence do you consider should be obtained – to support a fully-considered decision whether or not to change the limit?

Download the full consultation here. (pdf  709kb)