Learner Driver Mentor Program Funding
Tasmania’s Graduated Licensing System (GLS) requires car learner drivers to gain supervised on-road driving experience before they can sit a driving assessment and if successful, obtain a provisional driver licence. The rationale behind this is simply that the more time spent in the supervised learner stage, the more experienced a learner will become in a variety of driving conditions and the less likely they are to be killed or seriously injured in a crash once they begin to drive on the road solo.
It is recognised that for some learner drivers in our community, accessing a suitable car and/or supervisory driver to gain the required minimum on-road hours is extremely challenging.
LDMPs are community based-programs that provide disadvantaged learner drivers with the opportunity to access a car and a supervisory driver to assist in the development of their on-road driving skills. It is critical that these people are supported to enter the licensing system as this decreases the risk of unlicensed driving and encourages mobility within the community and increased job prospects.
The core function of LDMPs is to assist learner drivers who don’t have access to a suitable car or supervisory driver to obtain their licence. For the purposes of participating in an LDMP, a learner is considered to meet the disadvantaged criteria if they:
- DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A SUITABLE SUPERVISORY DRIVER AND/OR CAR; AND
- ARE NOT ABLE TO AFFORD PROFESSIONAL DRIVING LESSONS TO GAIN THE MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A DRIVER LICENCE.
Want to become a volunteer mentor?
Driver Mentoring Tasmania (DMT) is the organisation that assists LDMPs to recruit mentors. To find your nearest LDMP or speak with a Garry to find out what mentoring is all about, contact:
Ph: 0409 832 764
The Graduated Licensing System (GLS)
For information about the GLS and getting a licence go to: Getting a Licence
A toolkit has been developed to assist organisations wanting to establish a LDMP. The toolkit can be downloaded here.