Fifty young people in Colac and surrounds have now benefited from the Andrews Labor Governments L2P learner driver mentor program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today met with 20-year-old Colac local John Bader, who will soon take his probationary licence test.
John learned to drive after learning under the supervision of volunteer driving mentor Laurie Ryan through the L2P program.
The L2P learner driver mentor program helps young people to complete 120 hours of required supervised driving experience, prior to taking a probationary licence test.
This program matches young people with a volunteer driving mentor to give these young people access to a supervising driver and a car to get the on-road experience they need.
The VicRoads L2P – Learner Driver Program is a state-wide program funded by the Transport Accident Commission, managed by VicRoads and delivered by local councils and not for profit agencies, and supported by a team of volunteer driving supervisors.
There are 66 L2P programs across Victoria, spanning 74 local government areas.
Victoria’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS) makes it compulsory for learner drivers aged under 21 to obtain 120 hours of supervised driving practice.
Since 2010, L2P has assisted more than 4,700 young people to gain their Ps and helped more than 110,000,487 learners with on-road driving practice.
Mentors have been the driving force behind this highly recognised program for the past 10 years. In the 2016-2017 financial year, they have committed 74,000 hours to assist learners to gain sufficient driving hours to apply for their probationary licenses.
For further information about the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program, visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/your-ps/get-your-ps/preparing-for-your-licence-test/l2p-learner-driver-mentor-program
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“While getting 120 hours of practice is possible for most young people, it can be a real challenge for others who don’t have access to a car or a supervisor.”
“The L2P program is vital in getting our young people the experience they need to get their licence and getting them on the road.”
“Giving these young drivers the opportunity to get their P’s will allow them to be better connected to places of work and education and connect them to better opportunities.”