Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act, 2000

Medical or physical examination.

31.—(1) Where an investigator believes on reasonable grounds that the physical or medical examination of a person who is directly or indirectly involved in the operation of any vessel is or may be relevant to the investigation, the investigator may, by notice in writing signed by the investigator, require—

(a) the person, within such time (not exceeding 12 hours in the case of an examination or test for the presence or level, if any, of intoxicants in the person's blood), and at such place, as is specified in the notice, to submit to a physical or medical examination or to give samples for analysis or testing, or

(b) a medical practitioner or other person examining or who has examined a person involved in the operation of a vessel or who has analysed or tested samples referred to in paragraph (a), whether at the request of the investigator or otherwise, to provide to the investigator a report on the results of any such examination, analysis or test.

(2) A medical practitioner may refuse to carry out an examination under subsection (1) on medical grounds.

(3) A person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this section (including a requirement of an investigator under this section) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

(4) In this section, “intoxicants” includes alcohol and drugs and any combination of drugs or of drugs and alcohol.