The IAM is calling for a traffic light labelling system on medicines following a poll in which only half of respondents said that prescription drug labelling is sufficiently clear on medicines.
Almost a third of respondents to the IAM poll agreed that a simple traffic light system would be the best method to inform people of the risks of using prescription drugs when driving.
The poll also suggests that the vast majority of drivers have no sympathy for those who drive under the influence of drugs. 73% of respondents think that those who drive while under the influence of illegal drugs are as dangerous as drunk drivers; and 80% agree that a zero limit should be set for the ‘worst’ illegal drugs.
59% of respondents feel the current drug drive prosecution of a one year ban and up to £1,000 fine is not strong enough.
Earlier this year, the Government announced its intention to introduce a drug-driving bill that will include chemicals which can be found in prescription drugs.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Motorists clearly feel that labelling is not clear or consistent enough when giving information on driving when taking medications.
“A traffic-light system such as red for no driving, amber for care required and green for limited effects appears to be the most popular option. What is clear is that we will need a wide ranging information campaign to support the new laws and ensure motorists don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law.”
Contact the IAM for more information.