The Hon. E. M. OBEID: On 8 March the Hon. D. E. Oldfield asked the Special Minister of State, representing the Minister for Transport, and Minister for Roads, a question without notice regarding drivers licence blood type information. The Minister for Transport, and Minister for Roads has provided the following response:
It would not be practicable for the RTA to confirm that correct blood type information was provided by the licensee. In addition, there are limitations on the amount of information that can be displayed on driver licences and they are primarily a means of indicating that the licensees are authorised to drive certain types of vehicles.
The identification of a person’s blood group can be promptly carried out should a transfusion be necessary. It is also understood that in the case of emergency treatment due to loss of blood, a universally acceptable blood type is generally administered.