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Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988

On 2 March 2015, legislation came into force making it illegal to drive with certain levels of drugs in your system.

It’s illegal to drive if either:

  • you’re unfit to do so because you are on legal or illegal drugs


  • you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they have not affected your driving)


Section 56 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 inserted s.5A into the Road Traffic Act 1988 making it an offence to drive with a blood concentration in excess of a specified limit for a specified controlled drug.


The Law

See link below for Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988

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. This will last for 11 years.

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Up to 6 months in prison.


1 year driving ban.

Unlimited fines can be issued.

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