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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05850: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set drug-driving limits and, if so, whether it will equip the police with the so-called drugalyser devices that are in use in England and Wales.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 17 January 2017

This is a very complex area with individual limits proposed for 17 different drug types. While no specific timescale has been set, we understand there is likely to be an evaluation of the new drug driving limits introduced in England and Wales that is due to be published in 2017. This evaluation will likely prove helpful in understanding the full practical implications of setting drug driving limits and whether the potential benefits of drug driving limits have been realised in England and Wales since their introduction in 2015.

This will help inform our own consideration of whether drug driving limits should be introduced in Scotland including what implications this may have for the equipment used by Police Scotland to detect drug drivers.