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Driving Under Influence: EC Action

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) oral and (b) written representations he has received from (i) European Union and (ii) other European authorities on the harmonisation of a statutory blood alcohol level limit for drivers; (144838)

(2) what agreements have been made with European Union members on the statutory blood alcohol level limit for drivers;

(3) what steps the Government have taken to introduce a 50 milligramme blood alcohol level following the EU Transport Council in November 2006.

Written representations were received from the European Commission in 2001 concerning the publication of the Commission's recommendation on the maximum permitted BAL for drivers of motorised vehicles. No agreements have been made with EU members on the legal alcohol limit for drivers.

We have made clear our view in the report of the second three-year review of the road safety strategy that the legal limit cannot be considered in isolation from other drink-drive measures, but we will keep the case for a reduction in the limit under review.