Over 240 deaths on the UK’s roads each year involve a drunk driver.
Following a grant awarded by the Secretary of State for Transport, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is currently running the PACTS MEBTI competition to encourage the development of mobile evidential breath testing instruments (sometimes referred to as roadside evidential breathalysers) which meet Home Office type approval requirements.
As part of stage 2, PACTS has now awarded £105,000 to two companies, Lion Laboratories and MEDACX, to continue developing products to submit for full Home Office type approval.
PACTS Executive Director David Davies commented, “As a result of a grant from the Department for Transport, PACTS has been able to run the MEBTI (mobile evidential breath testing instruments) competition which is incentivising companies to develop products to meet the exacting technical and legal requirements of Home Office type approval. These awards of £52,500 each, to two UK-based companies, Lion Laboratories and Medacx, are rewards for their substantial R&D investment to date, and assistance with the further costs that will be involved.”
He added, “We are still probably 18 months or more away from these being available to the police but that important date seems to be drawing closer.”
ARRM is a member of PACTS and more information about this competition is available on the PACTS website.
The PACTS MEBTI competition