Driv­ers to be tested each year

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND driv­ers older than 75 will have to sit a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion each year, un­der re­forms to the state’s driv­ing li­cences.

The changes will in­clude more rig­or­ous ed­u­ca­tion of learner driv­ers un­der the Q-SAFE sys­tem, Main Roads Min­is­ter Scott Emer­son said on Sun­day.

Mr Emer­son said the re­forms came af­ter com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions last year and were rec­om­mended by a group of lead­ing road safety ex­perts.

“There is a fo­cus on en­sur­ing our younger driv­ers are bet­ter pre­pared and ed­u­cated, as they are the most at-risk group when it comes to fa­tal­i­ties on our roads,” he said.

“Last year 84 young driv­ers were in­volved in fa­tal crashes – five ahead of the pre­vi­ous year.

“For the first time in 15 years, we will be mak­ing changes to the Q-SAFE pro­gram, which will now in­clude a greater em­pha­sis on high-risk ma­noeu­vres such as turn­ing across on­com­ing traf­fic or merg­ing at higher speeds.”

The pilot for the new test is ex­pected to start by mid-2014.

Mr Emer­son said changes for older driv­ers would see med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates for driv­ers 75 years or older valid for 12-months from 2014 – and pos­si­bly changes to tests for peo­ple seek­ing mo­tor­cy­cle li­cences.

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