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Conduct and use of drugs

Verified 26 décembre 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Additional cases ? Driving alcohol / Speed limits

You do not have the right to drive after using narcotics (cannabis, ecstasy, etc.), regardless of the quantity. Law enforcement officers can carry out tests. If drug use is confirmed, 6 points are taken off your driver's license and you risk a fine and a prison sentence. Additional penalties may also be ordered (suspension or cancelation of the license, etc.).

It is prohibited to drive a vehicle after using substances or plants classified as narcotic , regardless of the quantity.

The prohibition also applies to a person accompanying a student driver.

Screening by police and gendarmerie forces may be compulsory or random.

In 1to time is a salivary test.

Screening in the event of an accident

Screening is compulsory in the event of a fatal or physical traffic accident.

It may also be carried out in the event of a traffic accident.

Screening in case of infringement

A test may be performed if you are the alleged offender.

Screening without accident or offense

Screening may be performed in one of the following cases:

  • There are one or more plausible reasons to suspect the use of narcotic drugs
  • Police or gendarmerie forces take the initiative to carry out screening
  • The public prosecutor asked for screening.

If the salivary test is positive, a check is made to determine if you have used narcotics (or plants classified as narcotic).

Verification can also be ordered if you refuse screening or are unable to take the test.

  Please note : if the salivary test is positive, you can request that an additional blood sample be taken. This gives you the opportunity to request an expert opinion from the judge.

How?

The verification shall include one or more of the following:

  • Clinical examination in case of blood sample
  • Biological analysis of salivary or blood sample.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to drug testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €2,500 fine.

6 points are taken off the driver's license.

You may also additional penalties following:

  • Suspension of the permit for a period of up to 3 years (without possible adjustment outside the professional activity)
  • Cancelation of license and prohibition to apply for a new license for up to 3 years
  • Penalty of community service
  • Penalty of fine days
  • Prohibition of driving certain vehicles, including vehicles without a license, for a period not exceeding 5 years
  • Obligation to perform, at your own expense, a road safety awareness training
  • Obligation to conduct, at your own expense, an awareness training course on the dangers of the use of narcotic drugs
  • Confiscation of your vehicle

The use of narcotic drugs is an offense punishable by a fine of €2,500 and two years in prison.

If you are at the same time in a alcoholic condition, the fine shall be €9,000 and the prison sentence is three years.

Your vehicle may be immobilized..

6 points are taken off your driver's license.

You may also additional penalties following:

  • Suspension of the permit for a period of up to 3 years (without possible adaptation outside the professional activity)
  • Cancelation license and 3 years maximum prohibition from applying for a new license
  • Penalty of community service
  • Penalty of fine days
  • Prohibition of driving certain vehicles, including vehicles without a license, for a period not exceeding 5 years
  • Obligation to perform, at your own expense, a road safety awareness training
  • Obligation to conduct, at your own expense, an awareness training course on the dangers of the use of narcotic drugs
  • Confiscation of your vehicle

What is the risk in the event of a traffic offense?

Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Dila) - Prime Minister