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Calls For Licence Clarity

Calls For Licence Clarity

Calls for update on licence testing

With Regiona Victoria today moving to step three of the Regional Roadmap out of Restrictions, queries around if regional licence testing will resume have begun to be asked.

Member for South West Coast and Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell says testing needs to resume immediately in regional locations, to begin clearing the backlog from much of the year.

“All VicRoads offices need to be conducting tests at least five days a week as a minimum to try and clear the backlog,” She said.

“Offices like Portland, Hamilton and Ararat only test on limited days – to help clear this massive backlog they all need to be operating five days a week at a minimum and larger offices like Warrnambool could extend to weekend testing"

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Prospective learner drivers will also be eagerly awaiting an update, with the computer based learner drivers test unable to be delivered during the Stage 3 restrictions.

Ms Britnell said she hoped the issue was resolved quickly, so young drivers could begin getting the experience they need.

“The requirement for 120 hours of driving experience is not an arbitrary number; it is the number shown to provide the greatest risk reduction for new drivers, it could save their life"

Speaking on 3AW's Neil Mitchell program this morning, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll, said the issue was being looked at.

"We have a big backlog to be frank, of both L and P Platers, I'm having a very good look at how we address that" he said.

"I've got lots of mums and dads writing to me and emailing me as well, it's a big issue and everything is being looked at"

An update on the VicRoads website, indicated that with the easing in regional areas, VicRoads are assessing the impacts on their services and will communicate any changes to regional customers in due course.

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