VicRoads

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VicRoads
(Roads Corporation of Victoria)
Type Government agency
Founded 1989 (1989)
Founders Government of Victoria
Headquarters 37°48′36.33″S 145°1′44.59″E / 37.8100917°S 145.0290528°E / -37.8100917; 145.0290528, Kew, Victoria, Australia
Area served Victoria
Key people John Merritt (CEO )
Services Road Safety and Road Use Policy
Vehicle registration
Drivers licensing and testing
Regulation of accident towing
Net income Increase A$1.63 billion (2007) [1]
Employees 2700
Parent Department of Transport
Website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/

VicRoads or the Roads Corporation of Victoria is a statutory corporation which is the state road and traffic authority in the state of Victoria, Australia. It is responsible for maintenance and construction of the state arterial road network, as well as driver licensing and vehicle registration. VicRoads has broad responsibility for road safety policy and research. It is also responsible for regulating the accident towing industry in Victoria.

The main VicRoads administration facility is located in the Melbourne suburb of Kew, on the site of the former Kew Railway Station, with other Melbourne offices in Hawthorn, Burwood, Sunshine and Camberwell. Regional offices are located in Geelong, Traralgon, Benalla, Bendigo and Ballarat, among others. In addition Vicroads operates many offices servicing the public in registration and licensing throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.[2]

In April 2014 the Liberal/National government committed to moving the VicRoads HQ to Ballarat if re-elected in November 2014.[3]

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VicRoads was formed in 1989 when the former Road Traffic Authority and Road Construction Authority were merged to form the Roads Corporation. They had previously been part of the Country Roads Board. The name VicRoads is a trading name.[4]

VicRoads previously derived authority from Part III of the former Transport Act 1983. The Corporation has since been re-established from 1 July 2010 due to the commencement of the Transport Integration Act.[5]

The Transport Integration Act establishes a framework for an integrated and sustainable transport system in Victoria and empowers the key Victorian Government agencies with responsibility for the State's land and water transport system. The Act provides that VicRoads' primary object is to provide, operate and maintain the road system consistent with the vision statement in the Act and objectives which emphasise transport integration and sustainability. The statute also requires VicRoads to "...manage the road system in a manner which supports a sustainable Victoria by seeking to increase the share of public transport, walking and cycling trips as a proportion of all transport trips in Victoria..."[6]

John Merritt was announced as the new CEO to start in May 2014. John was previously CEO of the Envirnoment Protection Authority (EPA).

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