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Australian road regulatory agencies. A tale of eight jurisdictions.

Carey, A



Early last century summary decisions were made by individual engineers in the employ of state instrumentalities on the selection of railway gauges. Influenced by a variety of reasons including existing systems in their birth countries and the cost of construction, separate gauges were developed randomly. In those times it is understandable such decisions were enacted outside the vision of a National Context.

It was not until much later that interstate rail connections had to be aligned and we are still struggling with the national railway construction to bring this up to a first world standard. There are in Australia now eight jurisdictions, six states and two territories whose Road Regulatory Agencies control and determine road governance standards within their borders. Many of these standards are patently different, in many areas local policies are conflicting and more significantly there is a no man’s land separating these policies.