Coalition Commitment to Driver Training Welcomed
The peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has welcomed the Federal Coalition's commitment to road safety, including the announcement of an additional $10 million funding for the keys2drive driver education program.
"This is a very welcome commitment. It is very encouraging to see a significant commitment to road safety in the context of the federal election campaign," AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.
"Young drivers face a significantly increased crash risk when they transition from their L-plates to their P-plates and this program is intended to assist young people to be better drivers and safer drivers," he said.
"Recent research shows that keys2drive students have around half the crash risk while on their P-plates compared with those who have not participated in the program," Mr McKellar said.
keys2drive is an innovative program that provides a free lesson to the learner driver. It also provides direct involvement for the learner's parents or supervisor, allowing them to pick up new skills so that they are better prepared. There is also process of accreditation for driving instructors.
"We are making a tangible contribution to improved road safety outcomes for young people," Mr McKellar said.
The keys2drive program was developed by the AAA and state and territory motoring clubs and has been funded by the Commonwealth Government since 2008. Funding is due to expire at the end of 2013.
"To date, the program has delivered around 200,000 lessons and operates with more than 1,200 accredited driving instructors around Australia," he said.
"With this additional funding we should be able to keep the program going for another two or three years."