Singapore Ministry Of Transport: From The Then Till Now

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History of the Ministry:From 2 Jan 1985 to 28 Nov 1990, the ministry was known as the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). Its role was to sort out the nations land, sea, and air transport and postal, telecommunications and telephone services. It also included the Information Service (which was started in 1980).In 1990, the Information Service became more and more important and it was decided that it should come under a new ministry - the Ministry of Information and The Arts. Thus, the ministry was now known as the Ministry for Communications (MINCOM) remained to sort out the land, sea and air transport, and telecommunications and postal services of SingaporeEffective 3 Jun 1999, MINCOM was expanded and renamed Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT). With the expansion, the National Computer Board (NCB) was taken over by the MCIT from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.The NCB and Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS) merged to form a single statutory board, currently known as the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) on Dec 1999. It no longer went under the MCIT.From 23 Nov 2001, MCIT was renamed the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The responsibility of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Postal Services was transferred to the Ministry of Information and the Arts, then renamed the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MITA).On 1 July 2002, the Meterological Service department was transferred from MOT to the National Environment Agency (NEA), which was under the Ministry of Environment. It was renamed the Meterological Service Division.There are various boards under the MOT:* Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)* Land Transport Authority (LTA)* Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)* Public Transport Council (PTC)* Air Accident Investigation Bureau of Singapore (AAIB)Timeline of the acts/ policies of the Ministry:1929The Carriage by Air Act was established. It regulates documents of carriage and limits of liability of carriers for passenger death or injury, cargo and baggage damage and delay and gives effect to the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to International Carriage By Air 1929 (Warsaw Convention) It was amended by The Hague Protocol 1955 and Montreal Protocol No. 4, 1975.1960The Motor Vehicles (Third Party Risks and Compensation) Act was established on 5th February against third-party risks arising out of the use and for compensation in respect for death or bodily injury for incidental matters.1963The Road Traffic Act was established on 1st January for the regulation of road traffic, the use of vehicles, and the user of roads and for other purposes connected to it. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA, Traffic Police) and MOT (LTA) share the administration of this Act.The Tokyo Convention Act was also established in the same year (obviously during the Tokyo Convention). It extends jurisdiction over offences committed on board...

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