Consultation outcome

Enforcement procedures against drink drivers and other offenders

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Summary of responses to consultation on enforcement procedures against drink drivers and other offenders

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Drink Driving: Removal of Statutory Option (North reforms) impact assessment

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Detail of outcome

A summary of responses to the consultation and the impact assessment for the removal of statutory option.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from 22 November 2012 12:00am to
2 January 2013 11:45pm

Summary

Seeking views about changes to various drink driving procedures.

Documents

Enforcement procedures against drink drivers and other offenders

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Drink driving - removal of statutory option (north reforms) - impact assessment

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Consultation description

This consultation encompasses the legislative changes the government proposed in its response of March 2011 to the reports by Sir Peter North and the Transport Select Committee on drink and drug driving (“the government’s response”). The changes covered in this consultation do not, however, include creating a new offence related to driving with a specified impairing drug in the body, which is also being progressed by the government.

The proposed legislative changes relate to Great Britain (and not to Northern Ireland) and will be implemented subject to the outcome of this consultation and the securing of legislative time. The proposals are consistent with the devolution of the drink drive limit in Scotland, through the Scotland Act 2012.

The consultation seeks views about proceeding with:

  • the withdrawal of the ‘statutory option’
  • changes as to when preliminary breath tests are needed
  • changes to the testing procedures in hospital
  • changes to who can assess whether someone is under the influence of drugs
  • amendments to the regimes for aviation, rail and shipping which mirror the road regime