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Motor prosecution: disclosure of convictions and drug driving limits

Section 139 of LASPO introduced amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by reducing the rehabilitation periods for certain offences. The amendments which had not previously been implemented came into force on 10 March 2014. They are relevant for motoring offences and motor insurance in terms of disclosing convictions when applying for insurance.

In May 2012 the government introduced primary legislation to Parliament that would create a new offence of driving with a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit for that drug. Following two consultations, the recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved. The limits will see eight generally prescription and eight illicit drugs added into new regulations that will come into force in autumn 2014. The rules will mean it will be an offence to be over the generally prescribed limits for each drug and drive a vehicle, as it is with drink driving. See DfT press release for more information.

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