The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has thrown her support behind the campaign to introduce a remote online testing system for computer-based learner permits and hazard perception testing so that young Victorians can start to learn to drive sooner.
In advocating for the change, Ms Lovell is sponsoring a Victorian Parliament e-petition initiated by Shepparton man David Doherty, calling on the Andrews Labor Government to implement the system to ease the current backlog in testing caused by VicRoads’ suspension of learners permit and drivers licence testing in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the suspension of testing, there are some estimates that by the end of 2020 more than 100,000 Victorians could be part of the backlog waiting to obtain a learner permit or probationary licence.
Ms Lovell raised the issue in State Parliament recently, calling on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll to order the introduction that will allow applicants to complete the already online tests remotely from the safety of their own home.
Ms Lovell said with the second closure of schools and the cancellation of many milestone events caused by COVID-19, young Victorians between 16-18 now they face a possible delay of up to two years to obtain their learners permit or their probationary drivers’ licence.
To sign the e-petition you must be a resident of Victoria. Go to: www.wendylovell.com.au and click on the red button to sign the petition.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Implementing a remote system for learner permits and hazard testing would allow VicRoads resources to focus on clearing the backlog of vehicle-based testing, allowing prospective probationary licence holders to get on the road sooner.
Whilst it is appropriate that in-vehicle testing for probationary licences are suspended in these times, both the learner permit test and the hazard perception test for P-platers are currently computer based and moving both tests to a secure online setting and completed remotely by the applicant will ensure our young people can be ready to start learning to drive sooner.”