Roger Patterson says he is happy to see learner driving rules will help cut the cost for many.
Roger Patterson says he is happy to see learner driving rules will help cut the cost for many. Blainey Woodham

Learners get a helping hand

LEARNER drivers in Tweed can look forward to a fairer and more flexible system.

On Sunday, the New South Wales Government announced a three-year $15.6 million overhaul of the learner driver system.

The reform will ease log book requirements on families, encourage young drivers to take professional driving courses and provide free assistance to disadvantaged young people.

The funding will include an across-the-board reduction in minimum log book hours for learner drivers from 120 hours to 100 hours and a further 20 hour discount for learners who get 10 hours of professional instruction.

The plan will also include a $3.6 million, three-year fund to provide 10 free one-hour professional driving lessons for up to 6000 disadvantaged learner drivers and a $1.2 million injection to organisations that make cars or supervisors available to disadvantaged learner drivers.

Patterson Driving School owner and driving teacher Roger Millard said paying for driving lessons could be an expensive exercise.

“It can be very expensive, especially for learner drivers who do not have a licensed driver to teach them,” Mr Millard said.

“For example, if there was a single parent household and the parent didn't have a licence they may have to pay for 120 hours of driving lessons.

“With lessons costing around $60 an hour, these student drivers need all the help they can get.”

The new requirements will apply to everybody on their L-plates from July 1, this year.



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