Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (11:13): My question is for Minister Pulford representing the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in the other place. Minister, I do not know the figures, but I bet that the overwhelming majority of kids will go on to get their drivers licence at some point in their lifetime, most likely straight out of school. I have just been through the same trials and tribulations with one of my children, and my daughter is now going through the same process. The government’s Keys2drive and the TAC’s L2P programs give access to kids who otherwise would not have access to an accredited driving instructor. However, unlike maths and English, driving a car is a universal subject where young people are most at risk of dying. Further, advice to me is that there is no structured program for instructors to follow, resulting in learner drivers receiving various levels of driver training. Minister, why are young drivers not trained in a standardised curriculum developed by the Department of Education and Training as part of competency-based education and training in a graduated education system?
Thanks, Minister. We have thousands of children each year that get their probationary licences. Unfortunately each year we have consistently seen a spike in crashes for kids who have just achieved their red P plates, and although the learner driver system has improved over the years it clearly has some way to go. If the goal is towards zero, then we must look at learner drivers in the first instance, as early intervention is the key before bad habits are formed. It is therefore imperative that instructors teaching children have significant and structured training themselves. It is the driving instructors who are the key to the whole process. My supplementary question therefore is: Minister, how much training do driving instructors need to undertake to gain accreditation?