More rules for drivers to obey

QUEENSLAND’S driver licence testing regime, Q-Safe, will get a full review for the first time since it was introduced in 1998.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan ordered the review after concerns were raised about the current driver licence testing regime in July.

“I took this seriously when the issue was first raised. That’s why I wanted changes to the current testing regime as well as a more rigorous review,” she said.

The review will be overseen by a panel of independent experts, including extensive industry and external participation to ensure any changes are safe and are consistent with community expectations.

“The current system is more than 10 years old and since then there have only been incremental changes,” Ms Nolan said

The review is expected to be completed mid-2011, however three new driving errors will be introduced by the end of next month:

Drivers who try to “jump the queue” and turn at a set of lights instead of using the slip lane provided will be penalised, as well as drivers who drive with their car over the white line for too long or unnecessarily.

Drivers who cross lanes when turning left or right at a multi-lane intersection, where it is permitted to commence the turn from more than one lane, will also be penalised.

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