Have your say on driver training

WITH more learner drivers than provisional licence holders on our roads, the LNP is looking into whether it is too hard to get a licence these days and if driver training should be incorporated into school curriculums.

Member for Gympie David Gibson said the LNP was reviewing driver training with the Driving for Life discussion paper and he encouraged people to comment.

Community Road Safety Trusts, subsidised driver training and an overhaul of public awareness campaigns are just some of the issues flagged for community comment.

Mr Gibson said the current system wasn’t working as well as expected and learner drivers were “clearly facing” some challenges.

He said two of his sons were learning to drive under the new 100- hour system and another had gone through the old system.

“I’m not going to say they are better drivers,” he said.

But he did say it was hard to log 100 hours in a rural area, with smaller trips to and from school taking only 10 minutes, it might take “300 days to get to 100 hours”.

Also, in rural areas the availability of driving instructors was limited, he said, which made it more difficult for learners.

LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek and Shadow Minister for Transport Fiona Simpson launched the Driving for Life discussion paper. “We have seen a decrease in the number fatal car crashes involving provisional plate drivers since the introduction of the 100-hour log books, but it seems the system has also stopped young people from gaining their licences, with the number of learner drivers outnumbering P platers for the first time ever,” Mr Langbroek said.

Ms Simpson said the LNP was seeking feedback about the cost and demands of learning to drive as well as the effectiveness of driver training and community education programs. “Inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle accidents that result in death or injury because of inexperience in dealing with road conditions, vehicle handling or unfamiliarity with road rules,” she said.

“Community Road Safety Trusts, which fund community-based driver training and education programs, have been successful in improving young drivers’ skills in the United Kingdom. This is something we are interested in.

“We are also seeking feedback from Queenslanders about the incorporation of driver training in school curriculums, and the effectiveness of current public advertising and education campaigns.”

Submissions for the discussion paper close on February 11, 2011. Visit www.jplangbroek.com and select initiatives and then the Driving For Life link to have your say.

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