Vehicle Regulation, Driver Testing and Licensing

Over the years, there have been many and far reaching changes in the areas of vehicle regulation, driver testing and licensing and to the various organisations charged with the administration of these matters. These changes have been in response to a huge increase in the number of vehicles travelling on NSW roads, from 6,945 in 1911 to over 3.7 million in 1999. The objective of this oral history project was to capture some of the personal stories about how drivers and vehicles have been administered in NSW over the years, told by the people who were actually involved.

The primary output of this project was some 35 hours of taped interviews with people who have had long standing experience in the areas of vehicle regulation, driver testing or licensing. Some who were initially employed in the 1950s had worked with the organisation as it changed from the Department of Road Transport and Tramways to the Department of Motor Transport in 1952, to the Roads and Traffic Authority in 1989 and then Roads and Maritime Services in November 2011.

A compilation CD and booklet summarising the key themes uncovered during the course of the project have been prepared, and may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to the Transport Library on 61 2 8849 2488.

The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of RMS.

Researchers and historians wishing to access the source interview tapes and associated logs should contact the Transport Library by phone on 61 2 8849 2913.



Downloads

 

Developments in Vehicle Regulation, Driver Testing, and Licensing - sound file.

Developments in Vehicle Regulation, Driver Testing, and Licensing - sound file.

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Introduction/Organisational Development/Office life & Staff Amenities/Relocation to Rosebury

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Introduction/Organisational Development/Office life & Staff Amenities/Relocation to Rosebury

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Promotion by Seniority/Pay Structures/Decentralisation/Amalgamation with DMR/Industrial Issues

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Promotion by Seniority/Pay Structures/Decentralisation/Amalgamation with DMR/Industrial Issues

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Filing and Manual Data Handling/Punch Cards and Computerisation/Development of DRIVES

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Filing and Manual Data Handling/Punch Cards and Computerisation/Development of DRIVES

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Registration Plates/Plate Auctions/Plate Distribution and Disposal

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Registration Plates/Plate Auctions/Plate Distribution and Disposal

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Paper and Photographic Licenses/Privacy Concerns/Proof of Age Cards

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Paper and Photographic Licenses/Privacy Concerns/Proof of Age Cards

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Development of Driver Testign Procedures/DART System/Hazards of Driver Testing/Lewer and ICAC Inquiries

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Development of Driver Testign Procedures/DART System/Hazards of Driver Testing/Lewer and ICAC Inquiries

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Motorcycle Rider Testing/Competency-based Assessment for Heavy Vehicle Drivers/Heavy vehicle Regulations/Safe-T-Cam/National Laws

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Motorcycle Rider Testing/Competency-based Assessment for Heavy Vehicle Drivers/Heavy Vehicle Road Taxes/Heavy Vehicle Inspections

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Mass Limits/Heavy Vehicle Regulations/Safe-T-Cam/National Laws

Real Media

Mass Limits/Heavy Vehicle Regulations/Safe-T-Cam/National Laws

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