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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Free driving lessons for young NT learner drivers

Young learner drivers in the Northern Territory (NT) will now have access to free driving lessons under a new industry funded road safety initiative, launched in Darwin.

NT's Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, congratulated Leighton Contractors on the launch of their new program offering more than 60 school based learner drivers from Kormilda College and Palmerston Senior College free driving education and tuition each year.

‘It's great to see industry bodies like Leighton Contractors choose to help address the ongoing tragedy of high road trauma rates among young people and working together with the community to help reach the Territory 2030 target to improve safety on our roads.'

‘This builds on our Territory Government's DriveSafe NT program offering students more than $600 in subsidies for driver education and lessons for L-plate and P-plate drivers.'

‘Our Territory 2030 targets are about government, industry and business working together with the community and the Leighton Contractors road safety initiative is a credit to this.'

Leighton Contractors Northern Infrastructure, General Manager, Hugh Boyd, says, ‘We have worked closely with road safety experts and master driving instructors to ensure the program is based on best practice road safety education principles and we hope to make a positive impact on road safety in the Territory.'

The NT Government in partnership with the National Road Safety Council, TIO (administrators of the NT Government motor accidents compensation scheme) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) has also set up DriveSafeNT remote to deliver driver training especially designed to meet the needs of young Territorians living in remote locations.

Source: Northern Territory Government

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Last updated: 9 August 2012
 
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