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    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    License reform for Queensland drivers

    Minister for Transport and Main Roads
    The Honourable Scott Emerson

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

    License reform for Queensland drivers

    Better educated younger drivers and changes for older drivers are included in a package of driver license reforms which have been recommended by some of Queensland’s leading road safety experts and will be implemented by the Newman Government

    Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the Queensland Driver Licence Reform package included changes to the Q-SAFE driver tests, older driver medical certificates and motorcycle license tests.

    “This reform is an important step in our efforts to make our roads safer and tackle the current high road toll,” Mr Emerson said.

    “There is a focus on ensuring our younger drivers are better prepared and educated as they are the most at-risk group when it comes to fatalities on our roads. Last year 84 young drivers were involved in fatal crashes – five ahead of the previous year.

    “For the first time in 15 years we will be making changes to the Q-SAFE program, which will now include a greater emphasis on high-risk manoeuvres such as turning across on-coming traffic or merging at higher speeds.”

    The pilot for the new test is expected to be in place by mid-2014.

    Mr Emerson said the package also included changes for older drivers with medical certificates now valid for a 12-month period for drivers aged 75 and over.

    “The committee felt an annual tick from their doctor would enable older drivers to monitor their health on a more regular basis and therefore improve road safety outcomes,” he said.

    “We have found older drivers are not over represented in crashes and I agree with the panel that there isn’t a need to sit further driving tests once you reach 75.

    “I believe this is a sensible change to protect older drivers, particularly as the population gets older.”

    Other key reforms include:
    • Adopting a simplified, national definition for high-powered vehicles manufactured after 1 January, 2010.
    • Education and awareness information to support older drivers, their families and their doctor
    • The process to upgrade from a P1 licence will also be streamlined.

    The reforms will investigate improvements to the motorcycle test for new riders, including compulsory pre-learner off-road training and assessment.

    “In the past we’ve seen some tragic accidents from young motorcycle riders. This will focus on requirements to undertake practical on and off road assessment aimed at improving rider skill and experience,” he said.

    All license reforms underwent community consultation in 2012. Full recommendations will be available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au. The Queensland Driver Licence Reform will be implemented progressively in 2013 and 2014.

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