How does knocking 40 hours off your compulsory 120 logbook hour’s sound? Good? Well with the introduction of the Safer Drivers Course for learner drivers it’s possible.
The Safer Drivers Course will commence in July 2013, and learner drivers who attend the course will receive 20 hours of logbook credit. On top of this you can still get the 20 hours credit for 10 hours of professional lessons so if you attend both the Safer Drivers Course and take 10 hours of professional lessons, you’ll be able to cross off a total of 40 hours from your compulsory 120 logbook hours. .
|Professional L-Plater driver training||Credit||Supervised driving hours||Logbook total|
|Safer Drivers Course & 10hrs professional lessons||40hrs||80hrs||120hrs|
|10hrs of professional lessons||20hrs*||100hrs||120hrs|
|Safer Drivers Course||20hrs||100hrs||120hrs|
* This is in addition to the 10 hours spent driving during the lessons. Professional lessons more than ten hours will not provide additional credit.
If you’re a leaner driver and want to attend the course you’ll need to complete 50 logbook hours first.
Why the Safer Drivers Course?
Tragically, young drivers aged in NSW (aged under 26) are over-represented in the NSW road toll. The graph below shows the casualty rates of young drivers in the months following their graduation from L-pates to P-plates.
Often after driving for literally hundreds of hours with a supervisor, when it comes to driving on your own you may feel a little nervous. This is why the Safer Drivers Course aims to help new drivers develop safety skills and learn to drive alone.
The course will involve both theoretical and practical coaching so you’ll learn things like how to gauge road conditions so you can make safe decisions on the road.
Is there a cost?
Yes, there will be a charge for attending the Course but this cost will be capped at an affordable rate. The balance of costs for the course will be covered by the Community Road Safety Fund.
You can find out more about the Safer Driver Course by going to the Q&A page on the Roads and Maritime Services website.
Changes to Learner driver speed limits
From 1 July 2013, L-platers will be able to travel up to 90km/h instead of 80km/h. This offers the opportunity for more supervised driving experience on higher speed roads and help you feel more confident while driving on high speed roads on your own.
For more information, go to geared.com.au.