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(2) What were the main strategies of the system, for example (a) who would be tested, (b) what would be tested and (c) when would tests be conducted;

(3) What (a) benefits and (b) drawbacks were identified in the consideration of a license renewal testing system;

(4) Has the Government been approached by any road safety lobby groups to implement a license renewal testing system; if so, what lobby groups approached the Government;

(5) Would a license renewal testing system help reduce the ACT road toll; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No. The ACT’s driver licensing system is broadly consistent with systems in place throughout Australia. No other Australian jurisdictions implement testing at renewal, other than for older drivers. Any change to the ACT’s driver licensing arrangements involving testing at renewal would need to be based on evidence that this would generate a road safety benefit.

(2) Refer to (1).

(3) Refer to (1).

(4) No.

(5) The Department of Urban Services is unaware of any data to support a requirement for renewal licence testing to achieve improved road safety outcomes.

Dogs—dangerous breeds
(Question No 804)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 24 November 2005:

(1) Further to an article that appeared on page 5 of The Canberra Times on 14 November 2005 which stated that NSW is increasing penalties and implementing bans on the sale of particular dog breeds, does the ACT Government have any plans to ban the sale of dog breeds that are restricted or considered dangerous, in line with that of the NSW legislation; if not, why not; if so, what breeds will the ban apply to and what will be the penalties that apply to a breach of these bans;

(2) If a ban is not now being considered, are any other limitations on the ownership, sale or otherwise of restricted dog breeds being considered; if not, why not;

(3) Are there any plans to increase the penalties associated with a dog attack by a restricted or dangerous dog breed in line with the increase in fines in NSW; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government has no plans to ban the sale, acquisition or breeding of any particular dog breeds. Part 2 of the Domestic Animals Act 2000 (the Act) governs the keeping and control of all dogs in the ACT and prescribes strict criteria under which the Registrar must declare a dog to be a dangerous dog, including when a dog has been

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