Pro­gram helps young driv­ers

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH -

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.

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