PACTS COMMENTS ON DfT CONSULTATION
The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) welcomed the proposals on drink and drug driving published today by the Department for Transport. Commenting on the changes, Robert Gifford, Executive Director, said “These were originally proposed by Sir Peter North in his review of drink and drug driving. It is good to see the Department taking his suggestions forward. These are primarily procedural changes which will help the police to deal more quickly and more effectively with offenders.
“It is also good to see in paragraph 7.20 that the Department has at long last initiated a review of the New Drivers Act put on the statute book in 1996. For a long time, we have known about the discrepancy between the number of novice drivers losing their licences under this Act and the number regaining them. We need to know more about this cohort of young people and the extent to which they are choosing not to drive or to drive unlawfully. I hope this review will answer this key question.”