March 16 2015.

New drug drive legislation came into force on the 2nd of March 2015 in England and Wales. However, the government suggests that as long as drivers are following the advice of a healthcare professional and driving isn’t impaired drivers can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest.

The legislation sets limits at very low levels for eight drugs commonly associated with illegal use such as cannabis and cocaine. There are also eight prescription drugs that are included within the new law. These are clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, temazepam, methadone and morphine.

There is a medical defence if a driver has been taking medication as directed and is found to be over the limit, but not impaired. Drivers who are taking prescribed medication at high doses should carry evidence with them, such as prescriptions slips, when driving in order to minimise any inconvenience should they be asked to take a test by the police. It’s important that drivers don’t stop taking their medicines.

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