Changes to driver’s licensing

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

Teenagers looking to get their driver’s licence will take the required assessments in a different order from October 9.

Under the Department of Transport WA’s overhaul of the licensing process, the order 16-24-year-olds take the hazard perception test and the practical driving test has swapped.

Teenagers must be 16 to take the theory test for a learner’s permit and still complete 50 hours in a log book, but the only six-month stipulation is between the theory test and the hazard perception test.

The log book hours are not confined to 25 hours before and after the hazard perception test but teenagers must be at least 17 to take the practical test.

Manjimup driving instructor Doug Moyle said he welcomed the changes to the “rejuvenated” system.

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“The current system is a little confusing and is believed to be the back to front in regard to the need for safe driver development,” he said.

Visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/learning-to-drive-overview.asp for more information.

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