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RTA Abolished - Transport for NSW Created

The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and three other state government bodies are to be abolished and a new authority, Transport for NSW is to be created.

In a press release issued on Friday, 15 July 2011, Duncan Gay (Minister for Roads and Minister for Ports) along with Gladys Berejiklian (Minister for Transport) announced that the RTA, NSW Maritime, the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority will be abolished and their functions transferred into Transport for NSW, the new authority.

The press release says that "Transport for NSW will be responsible for the co-ordinated delivery of transport services across all modes, and a renewed focus on the customer".

Transport for NSW will be responsible for operations, procurement, planning and policy for all modes of transport in NSW.

Transport for NSW will be made up of six divisions, Customer Experience, Planning & Programs, Transport Services, Transport Projects, Freight and Regional Development plus Policy and Regulation.

The government is trying to create a more co-ordinated and efficient structure for planning and delivery of all modes of transport in NSW.

Responsibility for road construction and maintenance, oversight of harbours and waterways, licence tests, licences and registration for both land based vehicles and marine craft will come under another new body called NSW Roads and Maritime Services. NSW Roads and Maritime Services will be an operating entity providing services to and under the control of Transport for NSW.

The Motor Accident Authority will not be affected by the new structure.