Steering students to jobs
Students participate in a full twoday course, by Matamata AA Driving Instructor James Turney, paid for by the school.
The students are required to pay the licensing fee.
Bolton-Hampton said offering a driving course is an advantage for many students. Transport is a barrier preventing young people from going on to training or employment.
Matamata-Piako Volunteer Youth Ambassador chairman Kaleb Reid says making driver education available to all students would definitely be a bonus, especially for students who can’t afford to pay.
‘‘I think it’s a great idea. It would be a great incentive for students.’’
He has his full licence and knows first hand how expensive it is to sit all three tests. It costs $93.90 for a learners licence (class 1-6), $134.80 for a restricted (class 1-6) and $109.50 for a full licence (class 2-5).
If someone fails, or misses the test, they must pay another test fee, but not an application fee.
Reid says for many leaving school or looking for part-time work, a licence opens up job opportunities.