The Banyule L2P program provides support to young people in the City of Banyule to learn to drive in a safe and lawful manner and to increase their prospects of finding employment.
The L2P learner driver mentor program, an initiative of VicRoads funded by the TAC, is a community based program designed to help disadvantaged learner drivers get their driver’s licence. Under the new Graduated Licensing System or GLS introduced in July 2007, learner drivers are required to have a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience before they can sit for their Probationary license test. The L2P program targets learner drivers under 21 years of age who have their Learners Permit but do not have access to a supervising driver or a vehicle due to financial or family circumstances in order to achieve the required 120 hours of driving experience. Without a driver’s license, these young people are likely to be further disadvantaged by not having access to a range of employment opportunities that require a driver’s license.
Research has shown that young drivers who achieve 120 hours of supervised driving experience, in a range of driving conditions, are less likely to be involved in serious motor vehicle accidents in the years following the attainment of their driver’s license.
Become a Mentor
Volunteer mentors are needed to act as Supervising Drivers for learner drivers aged 16 – 20 to supervise driving practice sessions in vehicles supplied by the program. Supervising Drivers ensure that learner drivers complete their log book correctly and gain experience in a range of driving conditions including night driving. This practice is intended to make young learner drivers more competent and safer on the roads and reduce their over-representation in motor vehicle accidents.
Volunteers need to be mature models of safe and responsible driving, enjoy engaging with young people and be willing to develop their communication skills with this cohort. The volunteer’s role is like that of a parent or coach and not a professional driving instructor. Volunteers must be 25 years and over and have a full (non-Probationary) current Victorian drivers licence with a good driving history (less than 6 current demerit points). Volunteers would be required to supervise at least one driving practice session per week (1 ½ – 2 hrs/wk) over 6 months or longer if possible.
Prospective volunteers must complete an Application Form providing at least two referees and undergo relevant security checks including the Working with Children Check, Victoria Police and a VicRoads driving history check.
Following receipt of an application form, prospective volunteers will be provided with the relevant paperwork for the above security checks. All fees associated with these checks are borne by the program. Applicants would then be invited to attend an interview with the Program Coordinator as part of the screening process for all volunteers.
Selected applicants would be required to participate in a VicRoads training course for Supervising Drivers prior to being matched with a young person.
The training involves three sessions over 2 – 3 weeks (two week nights and a half-day practical session on a Saturday or Sunday) 10 – 12 hours in total.
Supervising Drivers receive ongoing feedback, advice and support from the professional driving instructors and the Program Coordinator while involved in the program. All volunteers are covered through insurances held by BNLLEN.
For Learner Drivers
To be eligible for the Banyule L2P learner driver mentor program, learner drivers must be;-
- Aged between 16 and 20 years
- Live in or have strong links with the City of Banyule
- Hold a current Victorian Learner’s Permit
- Be unable to access a suitable supervising driver or vehicle to gain driving experience
- Be financially disadvantaged
All learner drivers accepted into the program receive a number of professional driving lessons from qualified driving instructors both prior to commencing practice sessions with a volunteer Supervising Driver and as they progress through the stages of learning to more complex driving situations. Prospective learner drivers must complete an Application Form prior to attending an interview with the Program Coordinator.
The Banyule L2P program is an opportunity for residents in our community to play a part in helping to keep young people safe on our roads.
For more information or to apply, contact the Banyule L2P Program Coordinator on 9431 8000 or email: L2P@bnllen.org.au
For information regarding the Nillumbik program please contact the Nillumbik L2P Project Officer on 9433 3329 or check out their website.