LAUNCESTON police will refuse to give alcohol breath tests to members of the public who ask for them at the Cimitiere Street police station.
The decision to ban voluntary breath testing at the station was made about two weeks ago.
Inspector Darren Hopkins, of the traffic branch, said police were under no obligation to give tests when people requested them, but had previously done so as a matter of good customer service.
Inspector Hopkins said the ban had been applied because the testing was interrupting police work.
"Officers at the station were having some issues where people were demanding the tests, then they were argumentative," Inspector Hopkins said.
"It was interrupting the normal course of business.
"As a result of some of the problems and customer service issues, the Inspector has decided for tests not to occur at Launceston police station. That is not to say they will not recommence."
Inspector Hopkins said the breath tests did not provide accurate readings and there was a risk that a person may blow under the .05 limit but later show a higher reading.
Police usually use breath tests as screening devices, and then an official breath analysis is undertaken to secure a formal alcohol reading. "If you feel like you are over the limit, don't drive," Inspector Hopkins said.