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Medicinal drugs & driving

Drug Driving lawFrom 2 March 2015, there will be a new law on driving after taking certain drugs. The law includes eight drugs commonly associated with medicinal use, that are sometimes abused, that have been set at higher limits based on the available evidence of the road safety risk and to reflect their use as medicines. These are:

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

You can drive after taking these drugs if:

  • you have been prescribed them and advised how to take them by a healthcare professional
  • they aren’t 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

Penalties for drug driving

If you are convicted of drug driving, you’ll get:

  • a minimum 1 year driving ban
  • a fine of up to £5,000
  • up to a 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.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law

 

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