Free Safer Drivers Course for Learner Drivers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock have today reminded local residents that 1,000 free places each year are made available for youth from Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Safer Drivers Course.

Mr Ward said that the Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years of age who have completed 50 log book hours.

“This fee exemption allows those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course which is typically valued at $140,” he said.

“The course helps young drivers on their L-plates prepare for driving solo when they graduate to provisional licences.

“Key aspects covered in the course include how to reduce road risks, how to cope with distractions and potential dangers and how to develop safe driving behaviour,” Mr Ward said.

Mrs Hancock said that the course is a valuable tool which improves the understanding of speed management, safe following distances and hazard awareness which parents or supervisors may not have covered.

“As well as becoming a safer driver, applicants can earn a bonus 20 hours of log book credit once you complete the course which means you’ll only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course,” she said.

“So far more than 100 disadvantaged people have accessed the free Safer Drivers Course this year.

“To be eligible for a free place you need to hold a valid learner licence, be aged below 25 years, have completed a minimum of 50 log book hours and hold a current Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Human Services – Centrelink.

“Once you have confirmed your eligibility, visit the Roads and Maritime website to find a Safer Drivers Course provider to speak about the free places and fill in a Safer Drivers Course Concession Application form to complete on enrolment,” Mrs Hancock said.

For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au or http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/drivers/youngdrivers/youngerdriverscourse.html.

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