RAA push for more driver training

The RAA wants learner drivers to spend more time behind the wheel before receiving their provisional license.

Learner driver Jae-Bowie Down is finding it hard to complete the required 75 hours of supervised driving because of his family’s busy schedule.

The motoring body has called for the number of required supervised driving hours to be increased from 75 to 120 before drivers are eligible for their P plates.
The RAA’s senior manager of road safety, Wendy Bevan, said evidence showed that more  practice resulted in safer driving.
She said drivers with 120 hours of practice had a 30% lower crash risk in their first two years of licensed driving than those with only 50 hours practice.
“Internationally there has been a push for a minimum 120 hours of practice driving and Victoria has recently adopted this as well,” she said.

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