Petition pressures government to change tourists’ licence laws

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson has launched a petition calling on the State Government to increase regulations for foreign nationals driving in Victoria.

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson has launched a petition calling on the State Government to increase regulations for foreign nationals driving in Victoria.

Ms Henderson hosted a public meeting at Apollo Bay on Friday night, calling on the state to improve driver licensing laws, increase driver education, and require car hire companies to ensure overseas nationals could safely drive on Australian roads before obtaining a vehicle.

Ms Henderson said about 80 people attended the meeting, with members of the public sharing personal accounts of crashes and near misses involving tourists on district roads, including the Great Ocean Road.

“It was pretty gripping stuff. Quite a few people told alarming stories,” she said.

Ms Henderson said a bus driver at the meeting said they witnessed near misses on the Great Ocean Road daily involving people breaking road rules, including stopping in the road, crossing double lines, driving on the wrong side, or other offences.

“This is a lot worse than I have previously understood,” she said.

Ms Henderson said not all countries driver’s licence testing was comprehensive as Australia’s testing, but people from other countries could use their foreign licences in Australia.

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