May 14, 2010

Queensland rollout of keys2drive

Queensland rollout of keys2drive

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 14 2010

An innovative driver education program developed by the nation’s peak motoring body – Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – and funded by the Rudd Labor Government has arrived in Queensland.

Launched today by Moreton MP Graham Perrett in the company of students at Sunnybank State High, keys2drive will provide thousands of free driving lessons to State’s learner drivers and their parents.

Mr Perrett said keys2drive is an important new, national road safety initiative.

“It provides extra incentive for novice drivers to get more on-the-road experience as well as assists those supervising them become better informed and more confident,” said Mr Perrett.

The keys2drive program:

  • Gives learner drivers and a parent or mentor a free professional driving lesson from an accredited instructor;
  • Supports parents and mentors with instructional material and practical guidance on how to provide effective supervision and training to a learner driver;
  • Provides an interactive website offering short instructional videos, educational games and the location of their nearest accredited driving instructor; and
  • Delivers the country’s first ever national accreditation scheme for driving instructors.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said keys2drive had already been successfully introduced into Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia with around 880 instructors nationwide accredited to deliver it.

“Young Australians continue to be over-represented in the nation’s annual road toll. Despite only making up 16 per cent of all motorists, nearly a quarter of all road deaths are aged 17 to 25. As a community we must do more to prevent these tragedies,” said Mr Albanese.

keys2drive is just one way the national government is attempting to do so. It’s a practical way of equipping young people with the skills they need for a lifetime of safer driving.”

The initiative was developed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), the RACQ and other motoring clubs around Australia, with support from the driver training industry.

More information about the program as well as to location of your nearest accredited instructor can be found at: www.keys2drive.com.au.