NRMA backs safer drivers course

Monday 1 July 2013: NRMA Motoring and Services welcomes the NSW Government's introduction of the Safer Drivers Course today, aimed at improving the safety of younger drivers.

NRMA Motoring & Services President Wendy Machin said the new Safer Drivers Course would provide learner drivers with greater flexibility when learning to drive.

"We know that the system of 120 logbook hours for learner drivers can be a burden for some families and open to abuse," Ms Machin said.

"The new course is only available to those Learners who have already completed 50 logbook hours, and will allow them to supplement supervised driving hours with professional training on specific safety issues.

"The reduction of 20 logbook hours for those Learners who complete the course will help relieve some of the strain on families.

The NRMA provided industry advice to the NSW Government Advisory Panel that developed the Safer Driver Course. The Government has considered the NRMA's advice to ensure the course is affordable and only offered after learner drivers have already undertaken some supervised driving hours.

"The new Safer Driving Course will provide learner drivers with a broader learning experience, designed to arm them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to help keep them safe," Ms Machin said.

"We're pleased that the course will also be subsidised by the Community Road Safety Fund, helping ensure it's more affordable for many families," she said.

The NRMA also supports Learner driver speed limit increases, which came into effect today.

"Increasing the Learner speed limit from 80km/h to 90km/h, will help bridge the gap between provisional and learner driver experience, making sure young drivers are supervised the first time they drive at 90km/h," said Ms Machin.

The NRMA owns and operates NRMA Safer Driving School, which has been helping educate drivers across NSW and the ACT for more than seven years. The NRMA Safer Driving School is one of the providers of the new Safer Drivers Course.

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