April 1, 2016

SHOULD VICTORIA BE LOWERING THE P-PLATE LICENCE AGE TO 17?

Member for Buninyong and Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee, Geoff Howard said this was the key question of a parliamentary inquiry into lowering the P-plate licence age to 17.

The Committee wants to find out what the impacts could be of reducing the driving age. In particular:

  • Could a lower P-plate age assist young people access employment, study and training?
  • Would a lower driving age affect the road toll?
  • What other impacts might occur with a change in licence age?

“We want to hear from the community about their views on this issue,” Mr Howard said.

“Other Australian states and territories have a minimum age of 17 for P-plate licences and our committee wants to find out whether Victoria should be matching that minimum age.

“We’re particularly keen to hear from young Victorians and to look at ways we can help them overcome any hurdles they face in getting to work, study or training.

“The Committee will also hear from Victoria Police, peak road safety bodies and those outside the state that may be able to offer expertise about similar changes made in other jurisdictions.”

Written submissions are due by 30 May 2016 and public hearings will then be held in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The Committee is due to hand down its final report in December 2016.

To request copies of the Committee’s terms of reference or to find out about how to have your say, visit: www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lrrcsc