Program helps young drivers
LEARNER drivers finding it hard to log the 50 hours of supervised driving needed to qualify for their WA driver’s licence have a new option to consider.
The City of Cockburn’s Youth Services launched Perth’s second Regional Youth Driver Education (RYDE) program for a 12-month trial.
In November 2012 the State Government increased the number of supervised driving hours needed by learner drivers to qualify for their licence from 25 to 50.
The RYDE program enables learner drivers to book a 90minute session with a mentor in an automatic car for $15.
Volunteer driving mentor Inti Mason said he joined the program to help young people who are struggling and might not have a lot of opportunities to get their licence because of not having a vehicle or not having a qualified driver to help them learn.
“For me learning how to drive was something that I’ll never forget,” he said.
“And when I got my licence it was one of the first steps towards independence.”
The City is Cockburn is seeking more volunteer mentors and drivers.
For more information, phone 9411 3888 or visit ryde.org.au.
Department of Transport driver and vehicle services manager Steve Mitchinson with mentors Nicole Carey and Inti Mason.