Learner driver mentor program praised

PROGRAMS helping disadvantaged youth to learn to drive have been one of the keys to the drop in the number of young people killed on the roads. 

Driving instructor Darryl Harbour said he had seen a lot more opportunities for young people in the seven years he had been a driving instructor. 

“There are a lot of charity groups helping the underprivileged kids,” he said. 

“It has helped them to have lessons and other opportunities.” 

TAC road safety manager Liz Waller said a program was run in Ballarat called L2P learner driver mentor program.

“They get access to instructor lessons and they also get access to a mentor who will take them for driving practice just like you would with a parent or a family member,” she said.

“It is for someone who doesn’t have a car or a supervising driver.

“It is to make sure that anyone who might not be able to get that sort of practice can participate.”

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