YOUTH DRIVER FORUM
Youth Driver Forum
Wednesday 22 November 2006
Statement by Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore
Congratulations to the Northern Star for organising this very important forum. I am unfortunately unable to attend today as I am required in Sydney for Parliament.
The issue of young drivers and appropriate training and restrictions have long been a major concern to me. As a result of community anxiety about young driver accidents, I have organised previous forums and State Parliamentary representatives to visit the area and meet with key organisations, stakeholders and individuals.
This includes a visit by previous Minister for Transport, the Hon. Carl Scully who met with student representatives from all local schools on the issue and a visit by Staysafe Committee Chairman, Paul Gibson MP who met with parents, local police and Principals.
Community concern about this issue is strong and has been presented to me in letters or at meetings and I have always made representations to the Minister concerned and the Staysafe Committee Chairman on behalf of local residents.
Points continually raised with me include;
- Driver Training – access to a number of hours of training by appropriately accredited/licensed trainers
- Advanced Driver Training Schools (I am currently negotiating the availability of one in Lismore to service the area)
- Continued Driver Training – young drivers are concerned that there is no ongoing training after a licence is issued (I believe this is a need for older drivers as well)