The Liberal Government will provide $1.5 million over three years for the Learner Driver Mentor Program, a volunteer-run program helping disadvantaged learner drivers gain crucial on-road driving experience to obtain their driver licence.
By getting more Tasmanians into the licencing system, we decrease the risk of unlicensed driving, help people to stay mobile within the community and increase their job opportunities.
There are currently around 18 Learner Driver Mentor Programs across Tasmania and this funding will be used for grants to help these programs establish, consolidate or expand their services.
There are no limits on how much programs can apply for, with the first round of funding advertised in newspapers today, with funding available from next month. The grants are funded through the Road Safety Levy.
The Liberal Government is delivering on its election promises and each and every one of these commitments is an important part of our long-term Plan to grow the economy and create jobs.
We support young Tasmanians getting their driver licence to seek employment, education and social opportunities, so we want to ensure that we remove any unnecessary road blocks and promote a more efficient and positive experience for all novice learner drivers.
I thank all the hardworking volunteers for their continued support of these vital programs.
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure