In July 2014 we informed you of a new offence of driving with certain medicines above specified limits in the blood. This new offence will be enforced from 2 March 2015 in England and Wales.1 The new offence does not replace any existing offences of driving whilst impaired by drugs, including licensed medicines.
Advice for healthcare professionals
Any condition requiring medical treatment may itself pose a risk to driving ability if left untreated. Therefore it is important for patients to continue their treatment.
Advice to give to patients:
- it is against the law to drive if your driving ability is impaired by any medicine
- if you are taking your medicine as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law
- check the leaflet that comes with your medicine for information on how your medicine may affect your driving ability
- do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it affects you
- do not drive if you feel sleepy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision
Article citation: Drug Safety Update volume 8 issue 7, February 2015: 3
The date of enforcement in Scotland is dependent on approval of regulations by the Scottish Parliament. The introduction of a similar offence in Northern Ireland is under consideration. ↩