Drink Driving (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Elly Baker Elly Baker Labour

Scotland reduced the legal limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml of blood in 2014. What discussions, if any, have you had with a) the Scottish Government about the effect of this change; and b) the UK Government about implementing such a change in London and the rest of the UK?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I set out bold and ambitious targets in my Vision Zero Action Plan to tackle high risk behaviours that contribute to road danger and fatalities, including drink driving, and called on the UK Government to adopt these targets and help enable Vision Zero through new regulation and guidance.

My Vision Zero Action Plan contains comprehensive, evidence-based actions which include a proposal to lower the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml of blood, in line with Scotland and the majority of the European Union. I have not had discussions with the Scottish Government on the effect of the lowering of the legal limit but remain committed to this target which would ensure consistency across borders for zero tolerance on drink-driving. My Deputy Mayor will be writing to the UK Government about this issue in due course.

Police enforcement for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is directed by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC). The MPS will continue to work with the NPCC around any changes brought forward.