Breathalyser TestFrom the 5th December 2014 there will be a noticeable change to the current Scottish Drink-Drive limit, just before your office Christmas parties get into full swing.

The reduction will see the blood limit decrease from 80mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of blood to 50 mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of blood. Subsequent reductions in the breath limit from 35 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath to 22 mcg of alcohol in every 100 ml of breath and a reduction in the urine limit from 107 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine to 67 mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of urine.

The decrease is significant and will catch many employers and employees out if they are ill prepared to manage this change.

What are the penalties?

If found guilty of driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road whilst above the legal alcohol limit you may receive on conviction:

  • Up to 6 months’ imprisonment
  • A fine of up to £5,000
  • a driving ban for at least 1 year (3 years if convicted twice in 10 years)

If you refuse to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine you may receive on conviction:

  • Up to 6 months’ imprisonment
  • A fine of up to £5,000
  • a ban from driving for at least 1 year

If you cause death by careless driving when under the influence of drink you may receive on conviction:

  • Up to 14 years’ imprisonment
  • an unlimited fine
  • a ban from driving for at least 2 years
  • an extended driving test before your licence is returned

Just ask yourself these questions?

How will these new limits impact on your Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy?

Have you communicated these changes to your employees and do they understand what this means?

Have you updated your induction training package for new starters?

If your organisation undertakes alcohol testing using an independent provider, have you notified them of the changes to your policy?

Policy Review

BP Associates has extensive knowledge and experience to help your organisation prevent issues arising by these changes in the Scottish Drink-Drive Legislation. We can review and update your policy and procedures and undertake professional training to ensure your employees fully understand alcohol units, the issues associated with calculating units and how little alcohol it takes to be over the limit ‘the next day/morning after’. Knowing these and other facts will minimise the risk for them and your business.

We would be pleased to answer any of your questions. All you need to do is contact us using the following link: Contact Us.

James Wilson
BP Associates
08450 519389