Government Urged To Introduce Alcolocks

Thu 25th Mar 2021

An influential transport safety body could be about to change the driving experience for ever by recommending British vehicles be fitted with mandatory alcohol interlock systems.

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has published a report this week which suggests that drink drive reoffending is a ‘major problem in the UK’.

With drink drive deaths at their highest level since 2009 according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport, PACTS is calling on the UK government to follow Europe’s lead and insist that all new cars sold will need to be alcolock compatible.

The alcolocks work by the driver breathing into the device which then calculates alcohol levels, the module then receive the alcohol measurement and decides if the car can start. Some systems can lock a car for up to 24 hours.

PACTS are particularly keen to hit those drivers who constantly reoffend with drink driving.

'We were shocked to find that one in six drink driving offences is committed by someone previously convicted,” said PACTS executive director David Davies.

“Since 2010, this amounts to over 100,000 offences – each of which is highly dangerous for the driver and other road users. Clearly the current system is not adequate.

“A number of other countries have introduced alcohol interlocks to prevent repeat drink driving and to bring down the number of deaths and injuries that result. 

“Alcohol interlocks have proved highly effective. PACTS is calling on the government to give UK courts the powers to impose them without delay.”