Supervision of Learner Driver Workshops

Younger drivers face multiple challenges when learning the complex task of driving a vehicle. With their inexperience, they also face a higher risk of danger. Despite making up only about 15 per cent of all drivers, younger drivers represent more than a third of annual road fatalities.

Council in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Services runs free workshops for parents and other supervisors of learner drivers.

The workshops offer practical advice on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers.

These two hour workshops provide practical advice about:

  • Understanding the benefits of supervised on-road driving experience
  • How to plan on-road driving sessions
  • Issues surrounding the supervision of learner drivers
  • Completing the Learner Driver Log Book
  • Understanding the new laws for L and P licence holders

Future workshops

Bookings for workshops are essential. To register, or for more information, please contact council’s Road Safety Officer on 9748 9605 or email usha.arvind@strathfield.nsw.gov.au.

Learner drivers can now choose from one of three new apps to record their driving hours and submit log books. The apps provide learner and supervising drivers with similar features to the paper log book, including information on safe driving practices.

It is illegal for learner drivers to use any function of a mobile phone while driving. All of the apps let you 'set and forget' by starting the app while you're safely parked out of the line of traffic, then put your phone away while you're driving. The apps will record your drive in the background.

The apps can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Find out more on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

Important changes from 20 November 2017:
  • Learners: You'll need to pass the Hazard Perception Test before you attempt your driving test and apply for a P1 licence.
  • P1: You won't need to do a test to apply for a P2 licence. As long as you have had your P1 for at least 12 months, you'll be able to apply for a P2 without having to do the Hazard Perception Test.
  • P2: The Driver Qualification Test is being removed, so after 20 November 2017, if you've had your P2 licence for at least 24 months, you can apply for your full licence without doing a test. BUT do the wrong thing and you'll be on your P2 for a lot longer - get suspended for gaining too many demerit points, or for higher risk offences like speeding more than 30km/h over the limit, and you'll be staying on your P2 for another 6 months before you can apply for a full licence. And that's on top of your time out suspension period – getting suspended for 3 months can add at least 9 months extra to your P2 time before you can apply for a full licence.

Further information

 Geared – www.rms.gov.au/geared: information for young drivers

George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute for Global Health provides some discussion for parents and supervisors of learner drivers on ‘How to support your teen learning to drive’.
Click here for further information.