The Victorian government is expanding funding for programs that offer free driving lessons to Victorians that meet certain criteria.
In addition, as part of the TAC L2P Program, learner drivers who are unable to access a supervising driver or vehicle to accrue their minimum 120 hours of driver training will receive up to seven free professional driving lessons – in addition to a mentor and access to a vehicle.
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The TAC L2P Program is part of the government’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program. This is expected to provide free, supervised driving experience to more than 2,249 participants and up to 16,017 professional driving lessons this year alone.
Since 2008, the L2P program has helped 15,000 young learner drivers, clocking up 656,757 hours and supporting more than 7,000 participants to get their P-Plates since 2008.
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This all supports the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and reduce serious injuries by 2030 and eliminate road deaths by 2050.
“Everyone deserves the chance to learn to drive, gain independence and feel confident on our roads – these programs ensure all road users, regardless of their path, can head out on the roads safely,” roads minister Ben Carroll said.
“Sadly, too many communities understand the impact road trauma can have – these program gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to work together at a grassroots level to contribute towards improved road safety.”
For more information on Community Road Safety Grants and L2P, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au.