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Drug driving advice published for fleet operators

Friday 6th December 2013

A leading provider of drug and alcohol misuse policies and practices has published a free ‘white paper’ which outlines the legal changes and processes organisations can adopt to be ready for the upcoming changes in the drug driving law.

The guidance has been published by ScreenSafe which specialises in the provision of legally-defendable drug and alcohol testing and procedures.

In July 2013 the Government published a consultation on Regulations that would provide for the specified limits that would apply to a new drug driving offence. A ‘zero tolerance’ approach was proposed for eight drugs most associated with illegal use, and a ‘road safety risk approach’ was proposed for eight drugs most associated with medical uses.

With a decade of experience in helping organisations to tackle the risks of drug or alcohol misuse, ScreenSafe has recently partnered with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to introduce the ‘RHA Smart Test’ for its members.

Matt Taylor, managing director of ScreenSafe, says: “Most hauliers strive to run the safest possible fleets but there’s no immunity for people from becoming addicted simply because their job comprises a high health and safety risk.

“A drug and alcohol policy, one that includes testing, will seek to educate staff about the risks as well as acting as a deterrent to putting their jobs or indeed lives in jeopardy, through driving while under the influence of drugs.”

Contact ScreenSafe by email for a free copy of the guidance.

 

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