MP wants learner driver mentors

Terry Mulder

POLWARTH MP Terry Mulder wants to start a driving mentor program in Colac.

The Transport Accident Commission funds the L2P program for disadvantaged young drivers who have no access to a supervising driver or vehicle. VicRoads administers the program.

“Some young learners simply don’t have access to a car or someone to supervise them to achieve the 120 hours’ practice required,” Mr Mulder said.

“This program pairs them up with volunteers who support them to practice and become much safer drivers,” he said.

Mr Mulder said he had asked the TAC to see if it had unused money in the program to spend in other council areas.

“I understand some of the locations have not provided the assistance to the number of participants to which they’ve been funded,” he said.

“I would hope that they would get back to me in the next couple of months and let me know if there is an opportunity to expand the program to other municipalities including Colac Otway Shire, which I hope that there is.”

RoadSafe Otway chairman Cliff McAliece said the organisation would “strongly support” an L2P program.

“We have tried and encouraged people over time to look at and possibly set one up, but up to this point we have not been successful,” he said.

Otway Community College chief executive officer Peter McDonald said the college would also support a program.

“We are certainly interested in auspicing or participating in it, given the young people, migrants and refugees we have at our college.”

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