Road Traffic Act, 1968

Functions and duties of the Bureau.

38.—(1) The Bureau shall perform the functions assigned to it by or under this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Bureau shall, subject to this Act, any regulations thereunder and the establishment order, arrange for the purposes of this Part for—

(a) the receipt and analysis of specimens of blood and urine forwarded thereto under this Part,

(b) the determination, in respect of such specimens, of the concentration of alcohol in the blood,

(c) the issue of certificates under sections 43 (3) and 45 (2), and

(d) the provision of equipment for the taking or provision of specimens of blood and urine.

(3) The Bureau may, from time to time, with the consent of the Minister, arrange for research into—

(a) the physical and mental fitness of drivers of vehicles,

(b) the medical aspects of road safety,

(c) the effects of the consumption of intoxicating liquor or the taking of drugs on drivers of vehicles and the methods of measuring such effects,

(d) the methods of determining the extent to which alcohol or drugs is or are present in a person's body.

(4) The Bureau may, with the consent of the Minister—

(a) arrange for the supply and testing of equipment or apparatus for the obtaining or testing of specimens of breath provided under this Part,

(b) render such assistance, whether financial or otherwise, as it thinks proper to persons carrying out or intending to carry out research of a kind which the Bureau is by this Act authorised to carry out.