United Way Ballarat has taken on the role of operating Ballarat’s successful L2P program in conjunction with VicRoads and the TAC.
The Graduated Licensing System makes it compulsory for learner drivers under 21 years of age to obtain 120 hours of supervised driving experience prior to taking the probationary licence test.
For most people, learner driver experience is gained through parents or other family members in family owned vehicles with the support of professional lessons.
The Victorian Government recognises that a minority of young people will find it difficult to gain the driving experience required.
The VicRoads L2P – learner driver mentor program assists learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.
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Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle to gain supervised driving experience. L2P is free for eligible young people and is funded by the TAC.
The program does not substitute for professional driving lessons, and L2P does not pay for the probationary driving test itself.
To join an L2P program, you need to be:
Between 16 and 20 years of age
A current learner’s permit holder
Without access to either a vehicle, a supervising driver, or both
Learner drivers can refer themselves to an L2P program, or be referred by parents, schools, community agencies or other organisations.
Daryl has been a driving mentor with the L2P program for 3 years now and he says the challenges of sitting beside an inexperienced driver are far outweighed by the benefits for him personally and for the learner driver.
Daryl not only mentors but also volunteers as a costumed interpreter at Sovereign Hill and as a trainer and first-aider at a local football club. “One of the best parts of retirement is having time on your hands and being able to choose what to do with it.”
Speaking about mentoring learner drivers Daryl commented: “I never thought I could do this. Wherever I went I was the one who drove. My work always involved driving, so I thought taking the passenger seat would be very difficult. Yet, I found it reasonably easy to go from one side to another which surprised me…yes there are some very hairy moments where my heart pounds but I have learned not to show my fear and stay calm.”
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