The ACT’s young motorists will undergo new training, assessment and enhanced testing of road rules, focusing on how to drive safely around pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Pedal Power ACT CEO John Armstrong welcomed the changes, saying “Road rules that make the ACT safer for vulnerable users like cyclists should be a priority for the Government. Cyclists have a right to feel as safe as any other road user while commuting. The introduction of new reforms for learner drivers is a step in the right direction.”
Last week the Minister for Road Safety, Shane Rattenbury, announced the details of the new driver competency and posted a photo of himself as a learner driver on his Facebook page. The new rules require learner drivers applying for provisional licences to undertake additional training and assessment on how to drive safely around vulnerable road users.
“The change means that learner drivers will be required to demonstrate good observation skills, risk recognition and management, and display appropriate and calm decision making to mitigate and avoid risk and harm to any vulnerable road users,” Mr Rattenbury said.