Changes to the drug driver testing and enforcement system in New Zealand
The Government is considering making changes to New Zealand’s drug driver testing and enforcement regime. Research shows that many illicit and prescription drugs have the potential to impair driving, and studies show that New Zealanders are using those drugs and driving.
Addressing drug impaired driving is an important objective if we are to make our roads safer - since 2013, the number of road deaths in New Zealand has increased by nearly 50 percent. Drug driving is making an increasing contribution to this statistic.
The Government has decided that it is time to reconsider our approach to drug driving and the public should be involved in that conversation.
A Discussion Document has been developed to facilitate a conversation about possible approaches to improving our drug driving system. The consultation seeks feedback about:
- How we can be better at detecting drug drivers and deterring drug driving?
- The circumstances in which drivers should be tested for drugs?
- How to decide which drugs to test for?
- What evidence is required to establish a drug driving offence?
- How we should deal with people caught drug driving?
23 May 2019 ERRATUM: please note the attached Discussion Document had a technical error in paragraph 12 that has been corrected. The analysis of blood samples occurred during the period 2013-2018, not between 2014-2018 as previously stated in the document.
The Ministry requests written submissions and they must arrive by 5.00 pm Friday 28 June 2019 to be considered. Submissions can be forwarded to the Ministry at:
Drug Driving Consultation
Ministry of Transport
PO Box 3175
Please include your full name and contact address with your submission.
- Read the Press release from the Minister of Police and the Associate Minister of Transport(external link)
- Read the September 2018 Cabinet paper: An Enhanced Drug Driver Testing Regime [PDF, 681 KB]
- Read the February 2019 Cabinet Paper: Public Consultation: Enhanced Drug Driver Testing [PDF, 321 KB]
- View the Questions and Answers