May 13, 2008

Help for Learner Drivers and Parents

Help for Learner Drivers and Parents

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 13 2008

The 2008-09 Budget will deliver $17 million over five years to an innovative road safety program which will provide more than 200,000 free driving lessons to learner drivers and their parents.

keys2drive is an important new road safety initiative which will be delivered in association with the Australian Automobile Association.

It will provide extra incentive for novice drivers to get more on-the-road experience and assist those supervising them – usually their parents – to become better informed and more confident.

A young person is at far greater risk of being involved in a fatal car accident than other drivers.

Nearly a third of people killed on Australian roads are aged 16 to 25 – yet they represent only 15 per cent of the population.

In fact, young people go from being some of the safest drivers when on their L plates to being one of the most likely to have a car crash when they get their P plates.

We must and will do more to prevent these tragedies.

Once implemented, keys2drive is expected to:

  •  provide learner drivers and a parent or mentor with a free professional driving lesson from an accredited instructor;
  •  support parents and mentors with instructional material and practical guidance on how to provide effective supervision and training to a learner driver;
  • establish an interactive website which will offer short instructional videos, guides for handling various road terrains and weather conditions, and the location of their nearest accredited driving instructor; and
  • deliver the country’s first ever national accreditation scheme for driving instructors.