Licence changes saving lives
THE Victorian Government says an independent review has found that the state’s graduated driver licensing system is reducing crash risks for young drivers and saving lives.
Roads and Rod Safety Minister Luke Donnellan has released a study that found drivers who had been through the new system were 20 per cent less likely to have a serious crash in their first two years on the road.
The VicRoads-commissioned report shows drivers who have had to log a minimum of 120 hours of supervised learner driving experience and complete a twostage probationary licence process have lower crash rates and exhibit better driving behaviour than drivers licensed under the old system.
P-platers in their first year of driving are the most high-risk crash group.
The study found these drivers were 19pc less likely to be involved in a fatal or serious crash under the graduated system.
For P1 licence holders, the ban on carrying more than one passenger aged 16-22 has also been highly effective – with involvement in crashes while carrying two or more peer passengers down 70pc.
Learner drivers are spending more time on their L plates.
This gives them more opportunity to get valuable practice, with 60pc of 18-20 year olds holding a learner permit for at least 24 months compared with 37pc before the graduated system was introduced.