New drug driving laws to come into force in October in Scotland

13th Feb 2019
Agata Myszkowska

Marketing Manager


New drug driving laws to come into force in October in Scotland

A new zero-tolerance approach in relation to people driving under the influence of drugs is currently being proposed in Scotland. The new law is set to come into force in October this year if it will be passed by the Scottish Government.

The new law being proposed is set to introduce zero tolerance limits for a number of illegal drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, cannabis, LSD, heroin, methylamphetamine and benzoylecgonine as well as prescription drugs such as methadone, diazepam, and morphine.

This will enable police to prosecute drivers if they are over the drug limit while driving, similar to drink driving.

Currently, in Scotland, it is already illegal to drive under the influence of drugs, whether prescription or illicit such as cannabis. If you get caught drug driving you can face up to six months in prison and a criminal record.

John Dillon, an Associate Director at Watermans Solicitors said:

“The proposed legislation is a welcomed move from Scottish Ministers to reduce the number of casualties on Scotland’s roads. The introduction of the legislation will also keep Scotland in line with laws that came into force in England and Wales in 2015 with the intention of holding drug-drivers to account for their actions.

Ultimately we want to see drivers who are either impaired by alcohol or drugs were taken off Scottish roads to ensure the safety of other road users and to ensure no lives are lost at the hands of either drunk or drug drivers. ‘

It is vital to speak to your doctor if you take prescription drugs affected by this law to ensure you are safe to drive.

John Dillon, Associate Director