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Help available for young learner drivers

Paul and Joshua in front of a car.

Monday 14 May 2018

Young learner drivers who are finding it difficult to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving are invited to participate in the Mount Alexander L2P Program.

The program pairs learner drivers, between the ages of 16 to 21 years, with volunteers who help them achieve the necessary 120 hours of supervised driving experience required to get their probationary licence.

Castlemaine District Community Health delivers the program locally in partnership with Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We have recently recruited volunteer driver mentors, which means that we are now in the fortunate position of being able to match eligible learners with supervisors almost immediately,” said Lisa Cavallaro, L2P Coordinator.

“Young drivers gain invaluable practical assistance through the program but also benefit from having a supportive relationship with their mentor at a very important stage of their life,” said Ms Cavallaro.

Joshua Ellison was recently matched with driving mentor Paul Kent. Joshua was having difficulty getting the hours that he needed, but is now steadily building his experience through weekly drives.

“It’s rewarding to be able to support Joshua towards achieving his licence,” said Paul Kent.

Driver mentors are selected because they have a genuine interest in helping young people achieve their licence.

Lisa Cavallaro said she’d love to see more young people making the most of this great program.

“Having a licence can really change lives so if you need help to get your supervised hours please get in touch,” she said.

The L2P program also includes a number of professional driving lessons at no cost to the young person. Vehicle running costs are covered by the program.

For more information about participating in the L2P Program please contact Lisa Cavallaro on 5479 1000. A generous community donation means there is some capacity to help learners over the age of 21 obtain their licence.

The L2P program is a state-wide initiative funded by TAC and managed by VicRoads with the support of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Image: Mentor driver Paul Kent is helping Joshua Ellison to achieve his licence.

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