Albury driver license testing could move as one-stop shop is on the way

DRIVER licence testing in Albury might move to a new site as part of a new one-stop shop for all NSW government services.

The Roads and Maritime Service motor registry site fronting Hume Street will be assessed soon as part of moves to set up a Service NSW centre.

It was announced yesterday that Albury was one of eight new Service NSW sites across the state.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said he was delighted by the announcement as he had done a lot of lobbying to secure one.

People will be able to get everything from driver’s licences to birth certificates and fishing licences, as well as ordering an e-toll tag.

Added to that will be extended opening hours of 7am to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.

Speaking from the NSW Parliament yesterday, Mr Aplin said a full assessment would need to be done on the present RMS site.

“It’s possible that there will be a completely new site,” he said.

“But now that a decision has been made that Albury will be receiving one of the next regional centres the work has to begin on the number of staff required.

“The interesting thing about the Albury site is of course we have the driver testing facility.

“We have to have space for that to take place, as well as parking for people undertaking their tests.

“It means it clearly has to have more room than a one-stop shop in Sydney.”

Mr Aplin said several of the sites announced yesterday did not conduct driver licence testing.

“The physical requirements for ours will be greater than many of the others,” he said.

Mr Aplin said that meant it would take longer for the Albury Service NSW centre to begin operating.

“I’ve had a talk with local people in RMS and at this stage it’s up for discussion as to exactly what will be incorporated,” he said.”

Mr Aplin said he would continue to provide updates for residents “as more information for our new centre comes to hand”.

“The motor registry and Fair Trading offices will continue to operate as normal until the new service centre is opened,” he said.

Mr Aplin said there were already 16 service centres trading around the state, with two more planned for completion in the next few weeks.

“From all accounts I’ve heard it has been phenomenally successful in delivering one-stop services to people,” he said.

“People are now able to carry out more than 850 NSW government transactions in person, through the Service NSW website or by using the 24-7 phone service.”