Drivers to be tested each year
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.