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Russel Northe MLA:
Driver Testing Resumes

Driver licence and learner permit testing will resume from today.

By Portal Admin - 28th September 2020 - Back to News

Member for Morwell, Russell Northe has expressed his relief for local drivers following news that driver licence and learner permit testing will resume from today.

Mr Northe said he had been contacted by many parents over the past months who had expressed their concern at the cancellation and backlog of appointments that a number of young people were experiencing at an important time in their life.

"I understand that the health and well-being of Vic Roads staff is paramount and I know local staff have been fantastic but it has been difficult to understand why testing was continuing in certain cases and not in others", Mr Northe said.

"There have significant testing driver delays and backlogs and I do hope local Vic Roads staff are supported as testing reopens and that those wishing to sit their learners test or who are seeking to obtain their drivers licence are able to do so in a timely manner", Mr Northe continued.

Mr Northe said he had been in contact with the Minister for Roads last week to reinforce the pleas on behalf of local drivers and parents about the importance of persons in Regional Victoria being able to obtain their learners permit and drivers licence.

"I had indicated to the Minister that under the Covid-19 Third Step arrangements, Regional Victorians were now able to travel to other parts of Regional Victoria and with the school holidays upon us many learner drivers use that opportunity to gain some of their required 120 learner driver hours", Mr Northe said.

"Its impossible to obtain any of those 120 hours of driving if you cant sit your learners permit test, and the last thing I wish to see is for our young people to try and squeeze in those required driving hours too quickly", Mr Northe continued.

"The safety of young people on our roads is paramount and therefore ensuring they have prompt access to the driver testing regime is critical", Mr Northe said.

"Nonetheless after months of uncertainty hopefully the news today brings some positivity to those who seek to drivers seeking to obtain their learners permit or licence and lets hope that waiting times are minimal for these same persons", Mr Northe concluded.


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