The Liberal Government is removing unnecessary barriers for novice drivers to help make the road to a license more affordable and less frustrating, while improving opportunities to learn to become safer motorists.

An arbitrary rule that learner drivers who fail their L2 licence assessment wait a minimum 28 days to book another test has been removed, meaning Learners will be able to immediately book the next available appointment.

The 28-day waiting period served no practical purpose, and only added to the lengthy delays many Learners experience in trying to obtain their driver’s licence.

Ending this waiting period is yet another step forward as we work to introduce in December our election commitment of providing for appropriately qualified driving instructors to conduct L2 assessments.

Together, these measures will cut waiting times and help novice drivers get on the road sooner.

Artificial barriers like forcing Learners to wait 28 days just to book another assessment do nothing to create a generation of more aware, responsible motorists.

Rather, this is achieved through a sensible licensing regime with opportunities for education and training.

That’s why the Liberal Government is investing $300,000 in the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program that seeks to instil in Year 10 students who are on the cusp of learning to drive a greater awareness of the dangers they will encounter and the attitudes that make for safer drivers.

It’s also why we committed $1.5 million to help disadvantaged learner drivers through supporting the community-based Learning Driver Mentoring Program.
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure