It is illegal to be in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle, on the road or in a public place, whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you have a medical condition which prevents you from giving enough breath for a sample, you must let the police know immediately.
A police officer, who need not be in uniform, can request a breath sample if:
Allowable alcohol limits in the UK are:
The roadside test only confirms you may be over the limit. If you fail this test, you will be taken to a police station and required to give two further specimens, usually of breath, on an
approved instrument. The lower reading must be used. If the reading is over the allowable limit, then you will be charged.
Readings of 41-50 micrograms give an option of replacing breath specimens with blood or urine. Take the opportunity; something such as aftershave may have given a false reading.
The police may request a blood or urine sample if:
Riding or attempting to ride with excess alcohol (Code DR10) first offender pleading not guilty.
|Breath Test||Blood Test||Urine Test||Ban (months)||Fine/Community service/Custodial|
|36 - 59||81 - 137||108 - 183||12 - 16||Band C Fine|
|60 - 89||138 - 206||184 - 274||17 - 22||Band C Fine|
|90 - 119||207 - 275||275 - 366||23 - 28||Consider Community Service|
|120 - 150+||276 - 345+||367 - 459+||29 - 36||Consider Custody|
FINE BAND C Starting Point: 150% of relevant weekly income. Range: 125% - 175% of relevant weekly income
In charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol (Code DR40), first offender pleading not guilty.
|Breath Test||Blood Test||Urine Test||Starting Point||Range|
|36 - 59||81 - 137||108 - 183||Band B Fine||Band B Fine, 10 points|
|60 - 89||138 - 206||184 - 274||Band B Fine||
Band B Fine, 10 points
|90 - 119||207 - 275||275 - 366||Band C Fine||Disqualification up to 6
Low level community order to 6 weeks custody
|120 - 150+||276 - 345+||367 - 459+||Medium level community order||Disqualify 6 - 12 months|
FINE BAND B Starting Point: 100% of relevant weekly income. Range: 75% - 125% of relevant weekly income