In May, the Commissioner’s report ‘Failing the Corruption Road Test: Corruption Risks in South Australia’s Driver Training Industry’ was tabled in Parliament.
The report discusses allegations in relation to the conduct of authorised examiners appointed by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of conducting practical driving tests.
The Commission has dealt with complaints and reports that authorised examiners have issued licences without adequately testing a student’s competency, and had accepted bribes in exchange for a driver’s licence.
The report discusses the practices and processes within the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, and their effectiveness in preventing and detecting corruption in the driver licensing industry.
The Commission made nine recommendations to improve corruption prevention measures in the Department. These relate to strengthening systems for the auditing of driving tests, improving information management practices, and providing guidance around pricing for students.
Government agencies with similar regulatory functions are encouraged to draw from the lessons learned in the report when considering the controls in place to manage their own corruption risks.
The full report is available on the Commission's website.