HGV Drivers Drugs & Driving: The Law

Drink & Drug driving is dangerous at the best of times but even more serious when in control of a large and fully laden vehicle, it is, therefore, no surprise the industry supports drug testing amongst HGV drivers in order to keep drivers and road users safe from harm.

The Law

The same rules apply to HGV drivers as exist for car drivers.

It is illegal to drive if an individual is unfit to drive due to illegal drugs in their system.

Drivers can also be penalised if driving while using some prescribed medication if they impair your driving.

These include:

  • amphetamine, for example, dexamphetamine or selegiline
  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, for example, codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

The penalties if convicted can vary but may include:

  • a minimum 1-year driving ban
  • an unlimited fine
  • up to 6 months in prison
  • a criminal record

For an HGV driver, this could be the end of your career if convicted.

Current Rules on Testing in the UK for HGV Drivers

When applying or renewing your HGV drivers licence you will be required to take a medical which will be conducted by a doctor. Doctors will look for signs of drug/alcohol misuse during your medical and you will likely be refused if you cannot meet medical guidelines for drug/alcohol misuse.

Interestingly there is no law that states HGV drivers must be tested by their employers, but this can vary, some employers may carry out random drug/alcohol tests on their drivers and of course, the police may carry out roadside tests for alcohol and drugs.

Get your HGV medical booked in today and start your career as an HGV driver or renew your HGV drivers license with Driver Training Centre.