The Hodgman Government’s number one priority is jobs and we know the lack of a drivers licence is a significant barrier towards young people gaining employment.
That is why a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will allow private-sector driving instructors with appropriate qualifications to conduct the P1 drivers licence test.
We know that P1 test waiting times has been a significant barrier and frustration for young people, particularly in our rural and regional areas, and this policy will mean waiting times will ease, providing more options for young people to sit their test when they want to.
This initiative follows on from a successful transition to private sector testing for an L2 licence.
We will also commit an extra $300,000 per year towards the Learner Driver Mentor program to accommodate an increased demand for the service.
The program allows novice drivers from lower socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to gain experience behind the wheel with volunteer mentors, and the funding boost will allow it to expand and grow to accommodate an increased demand.
It’s great news for young job-seekers and will complement our goal to reduce the youth unemployment rate to at or below the national average by 2022.
With young road users aged 16 to 25 years heavily over-represented in Tasmanian crash statistics, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will also provide $300,000 to fund the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program for a further four years.
Since 2014 over 20,000 students have participated in the RYDA, which creates awareness of the responsibilities of being a driver or passenger and provides students with the correct attitudinal approach to driving.
A re-elected majority Liberal Government will also commit $720,000 over four years to partner with the RACT and the Bicycle Network to deliver road safety programs across the State.
This will provide:
A Ride2School program focusing on bike education and road safety in Tasmanian primary schools, and a separate program for years 7-9 that will also include positive road sharing behaviour;
A drive education program, for years 10-12 focusing on road safety; and
A CarFit program specifically aimed at helping drivers choose a safer vehicle.
These investments in our youth are a great example of how we will work with businesses and community organisations to achieve our target to reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on Tasmanian roads to zero by 2050.
The policy document can be found here: http://bit.ly/SupportingRoadUsers