'Zero-tolerance policy' for drink-driving car insurance customers

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Road safety charity Brake has called for a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug-driving motor insurance customers to be adopted by the government.

A new report, commissioned by the Department for Transport and written by Sir Peter North, has recommended the government cuts the drink-drive limit for car insurance policyholders to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is the European Commission's suggested level.

In the UK currently, motor insurance customers can have 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Anyone caught driving under the influence of drugs or excessive alcohol will invalidate their car insurance policy cover.

However, Brake, which campaigns to reduce the worldwide number of road deaths and injuries, is disappointed by Sir Peter's recommendations, as it claims motor insurance customers will be left confused about how much they can drink.

Research by Brake has revealed that 55 per cent of car insurance holders would back a zero-tolerance policy on drink-driving.

This would mean lowering the limit to 20mg per 100ml of blood, which would effectively ban drivers from drinking anything before getting on the road.

Posted by Claire Carter

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