The number of motorists charged with drug-driving in London has soared over the last 12 months – increasing by almost 300 per cent.

Research conducted by Confused.com using freedom of information data showed that nationwide there had been a 140 per cent increase in charges, while in the capital the rise was almost double, at a staggering 290 per cent.

The rise coincides with changes to drug-driving laws that came into effect in March 2015, which saw new road-side drug screening devices introduced, alongside new drug limits for a wider variety of drugs – both illegal and prescription.

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