Changes To Drink Drive Limit – Scotland

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On 5th December 2014, a new legal drink drive Scotland limit will be introduced. The new levels will bring Scotland in line with other European countries such as France, Germany and Spain.

At HR Services Scotland, we feel it’s important for our clients to be aware of the new changes especially for those of you that offer company vehicles and depend on driving for your business.

Although employers are not able to control what their employees drink in their spare time, it may be worthwhile advising them of the drink drive Scotland changes so that they’re aware that drinking the night before may be pushing them over the limit. This could indeed break your drugs and alcohol policy.

Below is a list of the key facts that you need to be aware of:

What is the new limit?
The limit will be reduced from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg per 100ml.

What does this mean in terms of units?
It is difficult to quantify exactly how many units this means as everyone’s bodies are different, so some people may be able to get away with more than others. Factors that affect how long it takes for a person to get alcohol out of their system are age, weight and metabolism.

Drivers could now be over the limit after drinking a small glass of wine, or a single pint of beer. Our advice is to drink zero.

So, is there a safe limit?
The marketing campaign is pushing the idea that there is no safe limit. It is recommended that you should not drink at all before getting behind the wheel.

What does this mean for ‘the day after’?
The advice is that you should not get behind the wheel at all following a night of drinking.

Those travelling across the border should take care…
The new law will mean that whilst you may be within the drink-driving limit in England, if you were to cross the border to Scotland you may be prosecutable. A particular danger spot could be those travelling through England and crossing the border from Carlisle to Gretna on the M6.

Reference- The Scottish Government. The Courier. Arnold Clark

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