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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3419..


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (10.47): Mr Speaker, I present the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Bill 1999, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this is a Bill to provide for the licensing of drivers and for related matters as part of the system for nationally consistent road transport law, to provide for additional matters about learner, probationary, provisional, public vehicle and restricted licences and for other purposes. The objects of the Bill are:

(a) to provide for a driving licensing system in the ACT that is -

(i) consistent with the agreements scheduled to the National Road Transport Commission Act 1991 (Commonwealth); and

(ii) part of the uniform national road transport legislation envisaged by the Act and the uniform national approach to drivers licensing; and

(iii) are designed to provide uniform licence classes for drivers of motor vehicles, and uniform eligibility criteria for those licence classes; and

(b) to define the responsibilities of people in relation to driver licensing; and

(c) to provide a way of authorising the driving of motor vehicles on roads and road related areas and of identifying people as licensed drivers of motor vehicles; and

(d) to facilitate the regulation of drivers of motor vehicles in the interests of road safety and transport efficiency and law enforcement generally; and

(e) to provide a way of enforcing road safety standards relating to driving motor vehicles on roads and related areas; and

(f) to facilitate -

(i) the recovery of expenses of administering the drivers licensing system; and

(ii) the collection of fees determined for this Act under the Road Transport (General) Act 1999; and

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