One of the biggest obstacles for many learner drivers getting their “P” Plates, is the mandatory 120 hours of driving practice. The L2P Program sets out to fix this problem by matching fully licensed volunteer mentors to these learner drivers.
Under this program, young drivers have access to professional lessons, a safe car and the support of a volunteer mentor driver while they gain vital on-road experience. Mentors are offered support by having access to training, petrol, insurance and the use of a vehicle for taking the learner on these crucial lessons.
The L2P Program was launched in Laverton last year with two cars paid for by our local Bendigo Bank Community Bank branches of Altona and Laverton, and the Point Cook Business Centre.
As well as the cars provided by the community bank, this program is supported by both Hobsons Bay City Council and Wyndham City Council along with VicRoads, KIA Motors, Victoria Police, and the Laverton Community Integrated Services Inc.
According to Michael Pernar, CEO of Laverton Community Integrated Services Inc., “The L2P Program brings together the community, its businesses and local authorities to assist young people in achieving greater autonomy. The agencies and businesses that have made this possible recognise that the community has a responsibility to ensure all young people become skilled, knowledgeable and confident drivers.” In turn, the community benefits from having in place a program that may assist in tackling the nation's road toll and the associated tragedies.
By helping young people get their license, mentors have the opportunity to open doors for young people to access education and employment opportunities. They also assist young people to gain their independence and reach significant milestones.
Henry Da Silva, Chairperson of the Altona and Laverton Community Bank®, says that “The L2P Program recognises that getting your driver's licence is a rite of passage and every young person should have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and experience.”
To join an L2P program, you need to be between 16 and 20 years of age, hold a current learner's permit and not have access to either a vehicle, a supervising driver, or both.
To become a volunteer mentor in an L2P Program, you need to be over 21 years of age, hold a current full Victorian driver's licence and meet requirements of your local L2P program.
If you are a young person who meets these criteria, or you are interested in helping young people, contact your nearest L2P program. Local residents may also contact the Laverton L2P Program Officer on 0487 465 687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org