Seymour Telegraph

Driving big savings

- By Isabelle Harris

The Victorian Government has abolished learner and probationa­ry licence and online testing fees.

Aspiring Victorian L-platers can save up to $51.40 in license and testing fees, while aspiring P-platers can save up to $133.30 in licensing and hazard perception test costs.

The tests, which are the first step to getting a licence, were made online last year to provide greater flexibilit­y for would-be drivers. More than 90 per cent of people now choose this online option.

The Safe Driver Discount, which was abolished by the former state government in 2013, is also being reintroduc­ed for car, motorbike and heavy vehicle licence holders for renewals generated after October 1.

Drivers who have not incurred demerit points or a road safety offence in the past three years will get a 25 per cent discount on their next licence renewal. This equates to a $73 saving on a new 10-year driver’s licence.

More than 138,000 Victorians go for their L-plates and 121,000 go for their P-plates each year.

Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said the initiative was helping deliver a major milestone for free.

“This puts money back into the pockets of Victorian families and makes it easier to unlock all the opportunit­ies that come with a driver license,” he said.

The fees were abolished on August 15.

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