In this report, STAYSAFE outlines evidence which led it to accept advice that bribery was significantly hampering 1988 efforts to keep incompetent drivers off the roads of New South Wales. The advice came from driving examiners, from driving instructors, from driver licensing managers and from candidates. STAYSAFE is aware of some special difficulties involved in dealing with corruption; the difficulties in gathering incriminating evidence, and the irritations which corruption proof procedures may cause to honest people. The damage to morale when everyone is treated as potentially corrupt, was a significant consideration to STAYSAFE. However, STAYSAFE concluded that corruption was much more extensive and was far more damaging than was commonly realised. The Committee saw honest driver licensing as necessary to the protection of all road users, and found the dishonest misuse of Government delegated authority as abhorrent. Much greater vigilance and effort are warranted than were evident when inquiries commenced in 1988. A pressing need was seen for honesty and fairness to be declared as important, in the corporate objectives of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. Less easily corrupted systems, better monitoring, and improved supervision were all seen to be capable of reducing corruption, without large additional costs. The strong support of the general community is needed to thwart corruption. It is important that driver licensing officials perceive a widespread expectation that they will be honest. It is essential that individuals who have witnessed malpractice share their information with investigating officers and law courts. Vigorous prosecutions, and substantial penalties are important to confirming corruption as socially unacceptable in NSW. The measures recommended by the STAYSAFE Committee offer excellent prospects of greatly diminishing the damage being done by corruption in driver licence testing in New South Wales.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Parliament of New South Wales

    Parliament House, 6 MacQuarie Street
    Sydney, New South Wales  Australia  2000
  • Publication Date: 1989-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00498219
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM