Lower drink drive alcohol limit in Scotland - transport sector implications

The drink drive alcohol limit in Scotland has been reduced. In this article we look at the changes and consider the implications for the drivers and the wider transport industry.

As of 5 December 2014, the drink drive limit in Scotland was reduced by over a third.

The limit for driving was reduced from 80mg per 100ml of blood (35 ug/100ml in breath) to 50mg/100ml (22ug/100ml in breath).

The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the new law which brings Scotland in line with many other European countries, including Ireland and France. Some European countries impose an even lower limit, and some even have a zero tolerance to driving following the consumption of any alcohol. Whilst Northern Ireland is also considering lowering its limit in line with Scotland, the UK Government has stated that it has no plans to reduce the drink drive limit in England and Wales, leaving it with the highest drink drive limit currently in Europe.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

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Lee Foulser


I am a Director in the Commercial Insurance team based in Manchester. I handle a wide range of complex and high-value matters for the firm’s leading insurer clients.