Berry Street Morwell provides young people in the Latrobe Valley, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, with the opportunity to participate in a Learner Driver Mentor Program.
This program allows young people, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary license.
Member for Morwell, Russell Northe who is the Chairperson of the Latrobe L2P program said, “L2P is an innovative community based program funded by TAC and administered through Vic Roads, which has been developed to provide assistance to young people who face significant barriers in completing their 120 hours of on-road driving experience”.
Statistics show that since 2010, L2P has assisted more than 4,748 young people to gain their P’s and helped more than 11,487 learners with on-road driving practice.
“This is a critically important program for young drivers across Victoria; however for this service to continue operating into the future it requires funding certainty from the State Government” Mr Northe said.
“At this stage funding has not been allocated beyond the 30th June, 2019” said Mr Northe. “L2P is one of Victoria’s most successful mentoring programs, and it would be a massive disappointment if the program could not be delivered due to funding constraints.
The facts are that some young people don’t have access to a vehicle in which to practice their driving, others don’t have an adult driver to supervise them, and some don’t have either, which means a program such as L2P is absolutely vital in assisting young people to achieve their 120 hours of learner driving”.
“Currently across Victoria there are 68 L2P programs operating, which clearly demonstrates the tremendous dedication local organisations and volunteers are undertaking in helping young people gain driving experience,” said Mr Northe.