The problem of drug-driving has prompted the AA, British Medical Association, Association of Chief Police Officers and the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Road Safety to urge the Government to continue research into a 'drugalyser' and to introduce American-style roadside drug tests throughout the country. Currently the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) is working with the Transport Research Laboratory and police forces on drug recognition techniques for roadside tests. However, the DETR admits it is 'nowhere near' to introducing drug-driving testing legislation.
Another problem for fleet managers is dealing with staff who have medical conditions which require them to take medication as it is not possible to ensure a driver is taking the medication and, in the case of diabetics, ensuring they are checking their blood sugar levels. Home Office figures do not differentiate between convictions for driving under the influence of drugs and convictions under the influence of alcohol.