Backing young Victorians to take driver’s seat

Liberal Party Victoria

Victoria is the only state or territory in Australia that still requires probationary drivers licence holders to be aged 18 or over.

A Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will change that for good, opening up a world of opportunity for young people by allowing them to get their drivers licence sooner.

Under our plan, 17-year-olds will be able to drive to work and school, finally bringing Victoria in line with the rest of the country.

Importantly, despite the difference in age requirements, road incident data doesn’t indicate that Victorian drivers are safer than in other states.

Current rules place a unique constraint on younger Victorians, especially those on the border. From Mildura to Wodonga, young people contend with confusing and conflicting road rules while nearby family and friends living in New South Wales follow an entirely different set of rules.

Lowering the probationary driving age would reduce the impact of isolation and disadvantage for those living in regional areas where there is a need to travel long distances, and where there is a lack of public transport services available.

Drivers will continue to follow certain safety restrictions during the probationary period.

Leader of the Liberal Party, Matt Guy, said the plan would get more young people in work.

“We trust young Victorians to make the right decisions on the road,” Mr Guy said.

“This simple, common-sense change will mean Victorians are no longer at a disadvantage to other states, and bring us in line with the rest of the country.”

Shadow Minister for Police, Brad Battin, said younger drivers could be moulded to become better and safer drivers.

“This rule has held back too many young Victorians for too long, especially those living along the border,” Mr Battin said.

“Our plan to provide simulation driver training to students will produce better, safer drivers on our roads earlier.”

“By lowering the driving age, we are opening up a world of work and study opportunities for 17-year-olds.”

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