May 13, 2013, Queensland – Transport and Main Roads Minister talks about the new license reform for Queensland drivers. This was recommended by some of Queensland’s leading road safety experts and will be implemented by the Newman Government. Included in this package of driver license reforms are programs for better educated for younger drivers and some changes for older drivers.
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. According to him, this reform is an important step in their efforts to make roads safer and tackle the current high road toll. The package also include changes for older drivers with medical certificates that is valid for 12 months period only for drivers aged 75 and over.
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.
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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