Liberal Nationals call for driver licence action

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to open up driver licence testing and extend hours to clear the growing backlog.

Thousands of Victorians, particularly young people applying for their licence, have been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions and the backlog of applications continues to grow by the day.

The Liberal Nationals call would see VicRoads open testing immediately with the appropriate safety precautions, extended its weekday hours and introduce weekend testing to clear the waitlist.

Daniel Andrews has not detailed a plan to handle the backlog of cancelled tests and new bookings once testing is reopened.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads (Metropolitan), Brad Battin:

“Daniel Andrews has made sure our cafes, pubs and clubs have been last to open, he’s made sure our kids have been last to go back to schools and he has no plan for the thousands of Victorians delayed in getting their driver licence.

“A licence gives a young person independence, it means they can access part-time work, education and, when things return to normal, to have social time with their friends.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell:

“Getting your Ps is a rite of passage for young people, but in rural and regional areas, having a driver’s licence is essential. Access to public transport is often non-existent, and people are living kilometres from towns and services.

“Having driving tests cancelled is a kick in the guts, especially for young people. But having some idea about what will happen when restrictions are lifted will provide some comfort.”

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