This is our first article in a NEW section around road safety. When you hear road safety mentioned you often think ‘oh no I am going to hear something I do not want to hear’, but there are good news stories around road safety apart from the carnage we all know about.
This story is about preventative measures to reduce the carnage by assisting new would be drivers to our roads.
Across Victoria, about 50 suburban and regional councils have taken an initiative with the partnership of the TAC (Transport Accident Commission) and there is no doubt in my mind it must be saving lives.
Basically, organisations like DIVRS (Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service), a not for profit organisation supported by Darebin City Council and mostly manned by volunteers, participate in the L2P Program which assists learner drivers under 21 years of age who do not have access to suitable adults or suitable cars, to gain the mandatory 120 hours of supervised learner driving experience required by Vic Roads for a Victorian Drivers Licence.
DIVRS has almost 50 volunteer mentors now putting through over 50 young drivers at any one time and I believe they are really making a difference. Talking to some of them at a recent presentation of vehicles by Ralph D'Silva Holden in Preston, who is supporting the concept, I was super impressed by their enthusiasm and understanding of the young people they are supporting. They truly get a big kick out of watching these young people getting experience on our roads and the success rate is outstanding with what calculates to a 98% success rate getting licenses the first time.
This in itself shows they are putting more responsible well-trained drivers on to our roads and giving them a better chance of survival. It seems to be great for the mentors as well as they divest their experience on to these young drivers and feel that they are really making a difference to road safety.
National Fleet support and congratulate the L2P Program and we would love to hear about other similar initiatives around Australia.
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