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The Road and Traffic Education Centre is the result of years of hard work by Tony Williams has produced a One Stop Shop for
all types of Driver Education in NZ.
We have some of the highest road toll rates in the industrialised countries, although it is said that the road toll is coming down when driver deaths are monitored, especially for young drivers, a different story emerges.

The RTEC is based at Ardmore Airport and has completed its first multi function building which contains 50 and 10 seat lecture rooms with the latest facilities, offices, large reception area and all amenities, as we increase these facilities we hope over the next 2 years to turn the RTEC into a place of excellence for all types of driver education, driver training and community road safety initiatives.

Although the Centre is primarily aimed at providing driver education and training for drivers of all ages, and has the ability to provide large flat areas that has many uses.We are now able to offer training courses for people who are looking for employment in the transport industry by
using the Centre as an adult training facility.

The RTEC is open 6 days a week and as it situated on its own site with extensive facilities to accommodate small to large groups.  Bookings are essential.  You don’t have to wait for dates, spaces or other people to clear area.

The Team

Tony Williams and his highly qualified team of the Road and Traffic Education Centre has been involved in driver education and training, teaching from basic learner driver to High Performance Driver Training for a combined total of 46 years internationally and has a passion for passing on his skills and experience to participants who attend driving courses at the Centre.

Tony Williams:

Tony has a mechanical back ground and has gained qualification as an A Grade Automotive Engineer; he also spent 15 years in the Armed Forces as an A Grade Mechanic at many different New Zealand locations. He completed his last years with the army at the Whangaparaoa Army Camp. During the last 4 years of his time in the forces Tony qualified as a driving instructor for car, truck, trailers & bus. Tony also purchased and ran two water supply companies on the peninsula using these vehicles for driver training. Tony applied for a job with Commercial Driver Training School Takanini and after 4 years decided to start a company with Wayne Price (deceased) as Advanced Roadskills Commercial Ltd and later changed the name to Road & Traffic Education Centre Ltd.

Tony conducts courses from learner drivers through to class 5 truck & trailer. Most courses at RTEC are unit standard based and these courses can contribute to the clients NZQA record of learning. He also conducts training for adverse conditions using the “Skidcar”, this unit is used throughout the world training drivers of all ages and different jobs.

Ken Irwin:

Ken has been a registered assessor with Tranzqual and Infratrain for almost eight years. With a keen understanding of the Heavy Motor Industry (24 years as a diesel mechanic) he has a lot to offer to those that are newcomers and those already in the trade.
Two years of teaching people how to drive a variety of vehicles, from car to truck and trailer. Ten years as a testing officer taking people for their licenses, he has instilled a keen sense of driver behaviour.
A keen and willing tutor who only wants to see whoever it is achieve their goal, whatever it may be; as long as it’s done safely.

Mark Harlock:
(Profile coming soon)

Our team is synonymous in driver training excellence; instructors are all fully qualified by the NZTA, NZQA and have taught in Europe as higher graduate instructor, or are ex military that have been trained to the highest standard required at Government level for driver training.  They are hand picked for their abilities both behind the wheel, as teachers, and people. Fully qualified by the NZTA and NZQA, all have taught in Europe as high grade instructors, or are ex military instructors who have been trained to the standard required for driver training.

As a pre requisite our instructors have to go through a very demanding driving course and test, based on the advanced driving test from UK, it is probably the most extensive driving test in New Zealand, devised by Wayne Price (deceased) which requires the highest standard of driving and teaching ability.   Although there is no official title, these Instructors can call themselves ‘Advanced Driving Instructors’. As a team we are now able to supply any type of training from class 1 cars to class 5 Heavy Trucks.

Located within 30 minutes driving time of Auckland, The Road and Traffic Education Centre is the ideally placed within 10 minutes from the Takanini off ramp to Ardmore Airport.


Going South exit on Takanini off-ramp, travel south towards Papakura at 2nd set of traffic lights take a left turn at TAKA ST, stay on TAKA ST following a sharp left hand bend. Take FIRST RIGHT onto AIRFIELD RD. Stay on AIRFIELD RD going straight ahead at 2 roundabouts, as you reach the end of the long straight CORSAIR LANE will be on your right, the  RTEC is first on the left.