The Ministry of Transport’s deliberations on introducing a THC limit behind the wheel, similar to the 0.5 per mille limit for alcohol, have come to a dead end. After this proposal “does not receive approval from the coalition partner and therefore no majority in parliament, it will not be pursued,” said Leonore Gewessler’s (Greens) ministry.
“In the interest of road safety, the federal government has decided to develop better ways for the executive branch to manage acute impairment of driving skills due to drugs,” the Ministry of Transport’s “profile” (online edition) quoted on Thursday.
In this context, the transport department had proposed additional objective limit values based on the international model. Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) had already clearly positioned himself as an opponent: “Consumption of cannabis is illegal, so driving with cannabis cannot be legalized,” he said recently in the debate.
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The number of reports against drug traffickers has increased significantly in recent years. According to Ö1, there were already more than 6,300 cases last year. Since 2017, the police have been using special saliva testing equipment to detect THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in cannabis; take note).
Since then, additional devices have been added every year and there have been more specially trained police officers. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the controls will be tightened up further in the coming years.