House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2007 - 08
Internet Publications
Other Bills before Parliament

Drugs (Roadside Testing) Bill

Drugs (Roadside Testing) Bill






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

amended as follows.



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.



Bill 38                                                                                                 




House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2008
Revised 7 May 2008