26 September 2023

New TAC program for teaching driving

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Young Melburnians are to receive more support learning to drive under a new program unveiled by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Announcing TAC’s L2P Program, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne said the program would help drivers who did not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, gain the driving experience they needed to apply for a probationary licence.

“Eligible young Melburnians between the ages of 16 and 21 years will be matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience,” Ms Horne said.

“Drivers are being encouraged to apply for the program as volunteer mentors and will be provided with comprehensive training and access to an L2P Program car,” she said.

“Mentor drivers are ideally available 1-2 hours per week and need to meet criteria, including holding a full licence and satisfactory driving history.”

Ms Horne said the program would start underway in Melbourne’s CBD in the coming weeks, in partnership with the Salvation Army.

She said the L2P Program formed part of Victoria’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS) which made it compulsory for learner drivers aged under 21 to obtain minimum 120 hours of supervised driving practice.

“Across Victoria, the program has helped 16,000 young learner drivers through 58 programs, logging 693,757 hours and supporting more than 7,300 participants to get their P-Plates since starting in 2008,” the Minister said.

Further information on TAC’s L2P Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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