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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2733 ..




Heavy Motor Vehicles - Licence Testing

Mr Hargreaves asked the Minister for Urban Services - in relation to licence testing of heavy vehicle drivers -

(1) Has the Government outsourced part of its licence testing service for heavy vehicles.

(2) Can you confirm that at least one of the outsourced heavy duty licence inspectors is (a) a resident of NSW and (b) conducting the Driver Training School at Sutton. If so

i) does this person possess an ACT heavy vehicle licence; and

ii) is it Government policy to allow assessments of privately contracted licence inspectors to be assessed for competency whilst they, the inspectors, are assessing learner drivers.

Mr Smyth - The answer to the members question is as follows:

(1) Yes, all heavy vehicle licence assessments are currently conducted by Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) at Sutton Road, Majura.

(2) (a) Yes.

(b) Yes.

(i) Instructors hold appropriate licences and fulfil the requirements of the National Certificate III (Motor Vehicle Driving Instruction), consistent with current proposals for the development of a national system of driver training and licensing initiatives.

(ii) Instructors/assessors are audited to ensure that driver assessments are conducted in a safe and proper manner and to the required standards. Between 5 and 10% of all heavy vehicle driver assessments are audited by a Government Quality Assurance Assessor.

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