Drink & drug driving law

Inquiry closed: report and Government response published.

The Transport Committee held a short inquiry into Drink & drug driving law focusing on:

  • Should the permitted blood alcohol limit be reduced as proposed?
  • If so, is the mandatory one year driving ban appropriate for less severe offenders, at the new (lower) level?
  • How severe is the problem of drug driving and what should be done to address it?
  • What wider costs and benefits are likely to result from changes to drink and drug driving law?
  • What would be the implications of such changes for enforcement?

The Committee published its Report on 24 November 2010.

The Government published their response to the Committee's report as a Command Paper in March 2011, available below.

The Government's Response to the Reports by Sir Peter North CBE QC and the Transport Select Committee on Drink and Drug Driving (Cm 8050)
Published March 2011



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