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Changes to the Drug Driving Law

On 2nd March 2015, the Drug Driving Law was changed meaning it is now illegal in England and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your ability to drive. It is also an offence to drive if you are over the specified limits of certain drugs in your blood and you haven’t been prescribed them.

This new law covers some prescription or over-the-counter drugs, so it’s important to check with your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before driving.

Talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:


  • Clonazepamddl
  • Diazepam
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Methadone
  • Morphine or Opiate and Opioid-based drugs
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam



You can drive after taking these drugs if you’ve been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a healthcare professional, provided they are not causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits.

Penalties for drug driving

If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll get:

  • a minimum 1 year driving ban
  • an unlimited fine
  • up to 6 months in prison
  • a criminal record


Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving, and will remain on there for 11 years.

The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is up to 14 years in prison.

A conviction for drug driving also means:

  • your car insurance costs will increase significantly
  • if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your license
  • you may have trouble travelling to countries like the USA


Whilst every effort has been made by Total Motion to ensure that information given is not misleading, this material is provided only as an overview of the subject and is not a substitute for professional advice. No responsibility can be accepted by Total Motion for any loss nor liability occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of this publication.