It was all smiles this week as learners were reunited with volunteer mentors for supervised driving lessons as the TAC L2P Program resumed in Swan Hill.
The TAC L2P Program assists learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the 120 hours driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.
The TAC L2P Program improves road safety and safe driving practices and, for many young learners, it leads to education, employment, and the sense of achievement and independence that comes with a drivers licence.
L2P Program Officer Ross Palmer said many local Learner drivers had been waiting for government restrictions to be lifted so they could continue their learn-to-drive journey.
“For most young people, gaining the required 120 hours of supervised driving is part of family life, but for others, it can be a real challenge, especially in light of the challenges we’ve experienced this year.
“It is fantastic to see the restrictions ease so our young learners can resume lessons to get their hours up before they go for their licence,” he said.
Mr Palmer said that Swan Hill TAC L2P Program is now calling for more volunteers.
“We are looking for mentors who can work with young people aged 16 to 21 and help them to achieve 120 hours of driving experience, in preparation for taking their license test.
“By partnering local volunteers with young people, L2P allows for great one-on-one mentorship, safer road users and great social and community benefits such as education and employment,” he said.
Since the launch of the Swan Hill TAC L2P Program in 2010, over 300 young people have been assisted by the L2P Program and it is important that we keep the momentum going for this crucial community program.
The TAC L2P Program is funded by TAC and managed by the Department of Transport.
For more information on the TAC L2P Learner Driver Program, or if you’re interested in becoming a mentor, click here or contact Ross Palmer on 50362380.