Drugs: Driving Under Influence

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Holly Lynch Holly Lynch Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report, Drug driving: the tip of the iceberg, published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, if he will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the findings of that report that (a) 44 per of drug driving offences are committed by a reoffender and (b) 67 per cent of those convicted of drug driving had one or more previous conviction; and what steps his Department plans to take in response to that matter.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In the Department for Transport Road Safety Statement 2019 the Government announced that we are considering a proposal for a scheme for drug-driving offenders that is similar to the High-Risk Offenders scheme for the worst drink-drive offenders. The Department is working on this matter.

We will be conducting a call for evidence on parts of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is expected that we will be in a position to publish this later this year.

While details are still being worked up as to its scope, it is expected that it will include drink and drug driving offences, and the offence of failure to stop and report.

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