§ 62. Mr. Alexander
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he will take to aid the better identification of motorists with a drink problem.
§ Mrs. Chalker
A scheme for the identification of drivers with a possible drink problem has been in operation since May 1983. It applies to anyone disqualified twice within 10 years for driving with more than two and a half times the legal limit of alcohol in the body or, alternatively, once for driving at more than two and a half times the legal limit and once for failure to provide a specimen. Such offenders are investigated by the Secretary of State's medical adviser at the end of their second disqualification period and, if there is evidence of a drink problem, a driving licence is withheld until the person has demonstrated that his condition is under effective control.221W
I shall consider the scope for extending this scheme by, for example, lowering the threshold for investigation in the light of experience of these arrangements.