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 Singapore

Effective 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)...