|Government to convene expert group on drug driving|
The Department for Transport has announced that it is to establish an expert panel to examine the technical aspects of introducing specific legislation on drug driving.
Under current laws police have the responsibility of proving that someone has been impaired by taking illegal drugs rather than simply that they have taken them, and the government says that it wants to make drug-driving as serious an issue as drink-driving.
Academic and scientific experts will be assembled in the spring to examine how such an offence could be defined and what levels might be set within the legislation. The group will also look at whether drivers could test positive for certain illegal drugs through legitimately prescribed means and the interaction between alcohol and drugs.
Road safety minister Mike Penning said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we know how important it is to tackle the menace of drug driving. That is why we are putting together a panel of experts to give us advice on the technical aspects of introducing a new offence of driving with an illegal drug in your body.”
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|Relaxation of road sign rules and bureaucracy welcomed|
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|Government slashes motoring red tape|
Drivers are to be released from reams of red tape currently required by government, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today.
As a result of the Road Transport Red Tape Challenge – the government wide process to get rid of unnecessary, burdensome and overcomplicated regulation - the Department for Transport is:
Following a vigorous process of challenge, both by the public and within Whitehall, a total of 142 road transport regulations will now be scrapped or improved.
Justine Greening said;
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said:
Other proposed changes to road transport regulations include:
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|Frequency of MoT Test may be changed|
Government Ministers are considering a plan to reduce the frequency of MOT tests, which, they claim, would reduce costs for motorists. This is not a new idea.
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