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High Risk Offender Scheme

High Risk Offender Scheme

When you have completed your rehabilitation course, you will hopefully go on to many years of trouble-free driving.

You should be aware, however, that if you are convicted of another drink drive offence within the next ten years, (or have recently committed a second such offence within a 10-year period) you would be classified as a High Risk Offender. This means that if you are disqualified for that offence, your driving licence will not automatically be returned to you at the end of the period of disqualification. The High Risk Offenders' Scheme is intended to deal with drivers whose apparent dependency on alcohol presents a risk to road safety.

You will be classed as a High Risk Offender if you fall into one of the following categories:

1)  Those disqualified twice, within a ten year period, for any drink drive offence.

2)  Those disqualified for having a proportion of alcohol in their body which equalled or exceeded:

i)  87.5 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath, or
ii)  200 milligrammes per 100 milliltres of blood, or
iii)  267.5 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine

(Note:  All these figures equate to being 2.5 times over the limit.)

3)  Those disqualified for failing or refusing to supply a specimen for analysis.

4)  Those disqualified for refusing to give permission for a laboratory test of a specimen of blood.

Under the High Risk Offenders' Scheme, offenders are required to satisfy the Medical Advisor at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency that they do not have a drink problem and are fit to drive before their licences are returned. This is achieved by way of a medical examination, the completion of medical questionnaires by a doctor and a blood analysis.

If the HRO Scheme is applicable to you, the DVLA will notify you in writing shortly after your Court Case and will contact you again at a later date to explain what you need to do with regard to the medical and how to apply for the return of your licence. There is a charge for applying for the restoration of the licence. A fee must also be paid for the necessary medical examination.

If you have any queries about the High Risk Offenders' Scheme please contact the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and quote the reference HRO/REHAB. VMCL are not provided with details of who is required to attend a medical. This is a private matter between you and the DVLA.

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