P licence pilot in remote communities for travel

24 May 2013

P licence pilot in remote communities for travel to health, education and work

John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray‐Darling today announced a P licence pilot expected to help young drivers in remote areas get a restricted licence after 50 hours experience so they can travel to health appointments, education and work.

Mr Williams said the Restricted P1 licence will be piloted in local government areas which include Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke, Broken Hill, Balranald and Hay.

"We have developed the Restricted P1 Licence to help Learner drivers in remote areas who have met certain requirements to progress to their provisional licence," Mr Williams said.

"The Restricted P1 Licence means drivers will be able to travel to medical appointments for themselves or another person, education or training services and work.

"Importantly, we hope it reduces the risk of unlicensed driving and the safety implications of that as well as supporting young people in remote areas who don't have access to alternative transport.

"To make sure Learner drivers are up to scratch, they have to complete 50 hours of supervised on‐road driving experience, have held their learner licence for at least 12 months and pass the driving test to get the Restricted P1 licence.

"Our hope is that this licence will help young people in these areas enter the licensing system and improve their access to these important services," Mr Williams said.

To identify the pilot areas, Transport for NSW carried out extensive analysis of different regions in the state and considered factors such as the number of learner licence holders, young drivers licensing rate and the rate of unauthorised driving.

"The chosen regions will best suit the two year pilot and help us effectively measure the success of the program to see if it should be rolled out to other rural areas," Mr Williams said.

Once the participants have held the Restricted P 1 licence for six months, they will automatically graduate to a regular P1 licence.

The introduction of this licence follows a raft of changes announced by the government to help young drivers graduate onto the P Plate in a safe, measured and efficient way.

The new Safer Drivers Course, which will also become available to Learners from July, will enable Learners who take the course and combine it with 10 hours of professional lessons to reduce their compulsory supervised driving hours from 120 to 80 hours.

"On top of this, Learners will be allowed to travel up to 90km/h instead of 80km/h from 1 July, giving them more supervised driving experience on higher speed roads in preparation for their graduation to P‐Plates. "All these changes are to enable and reward the state's younger drivers for learning safer behaviour behind the wheel and encouraging them to get their licence," Mr Williams said.

Media contact: John Williams 0438 808 722

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