The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) wants penalties to be issued to all drug-impaired drivers, not just those whose driving was judged by officers to be impaired.
Some officers want swab tests for suspected drug-drivers to be introduced rather than the current method where police ask drivers to carry out a number of tasks to assess their alertness.
In light of the suggestions, fleets are being urged to have a drugs and alcohol policy in place.
Simon Truelove, specialist consultant at Grendonstar, which offers training courses on the drugs and alcohol misuse policies, said: “Everyone should be made aware of the need to be drug and alcohol-free at work, especially if they are driving.
“By introducing a policy, employers can help their employees understand and address the issues and protect their business should the worst case scenario happen.”
Motor manufacturer Nissan has recently revealed a new concept car with features to reduce drink- driving.
The car has alcohol odour sensors in the gear knob which detect alcohol in the perspiration of the driver’s palm and a facial monitoring system to monitor the driver’s state of consciousness through their eyes.