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Novice drivers set to qualify quicker

Wednesday, 16th February, 2011

HAPPY LEARNER: Jarrad Burcher reckons the new learner driver changes are good but that he didn’t mind taking longer to qualify because it will make him a better driver. HAPPY LEARNER: Jarrad Burcher reckons the new learner driver changes are good but that he didn’t mind taking longer to qualify because it will make him a better driver.

The State Government is changing the learner driver logbook system to cut the hours needed to qualify to 100.

The hours will be even fewer if learners have professional lessons. Under the new system if a student has 10 hours of lessons they only need to log 80 hours.

There is also $3.6 million available to give disadvantaged drivers lessons.

NSW Roads Minister, David Borger said, the new system emphasises the link between professional training and road safety.

“It’s Labor’s view that the Government should be making access to driver training more accessible to everyone,” Mr Borger said.

Local learner Jarrad Burcher said he didn’t think the current logbook hours were too much.

“It gives learner drivers longer to get better,” Jarrad said.

But he said it was good that people who had professional lessons could do fewer hours.

“They (instructors) know what they’re doing” he said.

Jarrad said the instructors can show learners how to drive so they pass the test.

His mother, Deena Stephens, said that she would have considered getting Jarrad lessons if the new system had been in place earlier.

Deena said she thought the logbook changes were a good idea: Jarrad might not have thought 120 hours was long, but she did!

“The hardest part is finding the time to take them yourself,” she said.

 

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