Twelve young people have achieved their probationary licences through the L2P Learner Driver Program over the past 12 months.
Among them is 20-year-old Cianna Chaplin. She joined the program in April, with only half the required 120 hours of compulsory practice logged.
By late September, she had completed enough hours with mentor Ross, and taken part in some free driving lessons through L2P, to obtain her licence.
The change means life with her nine-month-old daughter will be easier, travelling under her own steam to complete day-to-day tasks and to attend medical appointments.
“If I needed to go out before, I could only go in nice weather because I had to walk,” she said.
She has become a huge advocate of the L2P program, successfully encouraging some of her young family members to join.
L2P Program Co-ordinator Ross Palmer said about 40 learner drivers were now enrolled in the program, and encouraged more full licence holders to consider joining as volunteer mentors.
“If we had more mentors it would certainly open up more spaces,” he said.
The L2P Learner Driver Program helps young people aged 16 to 21 who have their learners permit to get their probationary licence. It supports young people who face major barriers or problems to getting their probationary licence, including lack of access to a car or supervising driver, family support or economic issues.
Through L2P, young learner drivers receive driving practice with trained volunteer mentors as well as access to up to seven free lessons with a registered driving school.
Click here to find out more about the program or contact Ross on 5036 2380 or 0427 182 241.