Make provision for roadside testing for illegal drugs; and for connected
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Amendment of the Road Traffic Act 1988
The Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52) is amended as follows.
In section 6C (preliminary drug test), after subsection (1) insert—
The Secretary of State must approve a device for administering a
preliminary drug test, as referred to in subsection (1)(b), within twelve
months of the passing of the Drugs (Roadside Testing) Act 2008.”
Amendment of Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988
Part 1 (offences under the Traffic Acts) of Schedule 2 (prosecution and
punishment of offences) of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 53) is
In column 5 (disqualification) of the the row relating to RTA section 4(1), after
“Obligatory” insert “, and in respect of drugs-related offences commited within
three years after a previous conviction of an offence under RTA section 4, for a
minimum period of twelve months for a first such offence and two years for
any subsequent such offence”.
Short title, commencement and extent
This Act may be cited as the Drugs (Roadside Testing) Act 2008.
This Act comes into force at the end of a period of three months beginning on
the day on which this Act is passed.
This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.