Uned Rhyddid Gwybodaeth a’r Cynllun Cyhoeddi/ Freedom of Information and Publication
Response Date: 14/05/2015
2015/160 Review – New Drug Driving Laws
In response to your recent request for a review;
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of North Wales Police's handling of my
FOI request 'New Drug Driving Offences'.
Other police forces, including your neighbouring force Cheshire Constabulary, have
provided some or all of the information requested. It would seem it is not required
to refuse the entire request completely.
Response to review;
Although originally exempt, I have taken note of your comments and reasons for review and
after carrying out additional research I believe it is in the public interest for North Wales
Police to be open, transparent and accountable. The information has therefore been
provided in the below response.
New drug driving laws came into force on 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales
setting prescribed limits for blood concentrations of various drugs. This includes
roadside testing kits for cannabis and cocaine, and testing for up to 20 drugs at a
police station. Some forces, such as Greater Manchester Police, have been hesitant
to begin enforcing these new laws.
Please provide full details of North Wales Police plan for the implementation of
these new laws and devices. This refers to internal documents briefing officers
and police staff on these devices and the new laws. In particular please provide all
training material and details of the full procedure from administering a roadside
test to a suspect being charged with the new offence.
Please also confirm the following points:
1) How many roadside testing kits have been ordered by North Wales Police,
and what is the make / model of these kits?
450 Securetec Drug Swipe 3S
Please note: the number ordered is subject to change dependent on operational
2) Which police stations are equipped with the latest equipment to test blood
concentrations of drugs under the new laws?
Securetec Drug Swipe 3S is a mobile test that can be conducted anywhere.
3) Which officers, and how many of them, will be equipped with roadside drugs
50 Roads Policing Unit (RPU) Officers have received training, to date.
4) Will North Wales Police carry out random testing, similar to the random
drink drive test campaign recently performed over Christmas? Will this
include static checkpoints on arterial routes?
No information held.
5) Will it be standard procedure to drug test anyone involved in a road traffic
collision, as per drink driving?
Enforcement will be in accordance with section 5a of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
6) What is the cost to North Wales Police for each roadside drugs testing kit?
THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST UNDER THE
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000, AND IS CORRECT AS AT 12/05/2015