New Blood Sample Procedures under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)


This training brochure applies to all registered medical practitioners and approved health professionals who take compulsory blood samples under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).

Road Safety (General) Further Amendment Regulations 2017 No.141 (Vic)

The Road Safety (General) Further Amendment Regulations 2017 No.141 (Vic) (the Amending Regulations) which amended the Road Safety (General) Regulations 2009 (Vic) (the Regulations) commenced on 31 January 2018.

By way of overview, the Amending Regulations have amended regulation 11 of the Regulations to vary the procedures relating to the taking of compulsory blood samples from drivers under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic) (the Act).

Prior to 31 January 2018, if a blood sample was taken under sections 55 or 55B of the Act, the registered medical practitioner or approved health professional was required to give one of the containers (containing the blood sample) to a police officer and another to the person from whom the sample was taken. The amended regulation 11 now only requires the registered medical practitioner or approved health professional to give the sample containers to a police officer only.

In addition, regulation 11(3) of the Regulations has been amended to provide that where a blood sample is taken under section 56 of the Act, the registered medical practitioner or approved health professional is now required to ensure that:

  • both sample containers are placed and sealed in one plastic sample bag; and
  • that plastic sample bag is placed in a locked receptacle provided for that purpose at the place at which the sample was taken.