The RACT has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to extend its highly successful learner driver program, Keys2Drive.

RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the ongoing funding was of critical importance to young motorists and their supervisory driver.

“We know that when a young person obtains a P1 licence and can drive independently they immediately join the highest risk group on the road and are more likely to be involved in a crash than any other age group,” she said.

“In the first six months of a young person passing their p-plate test they are 20 times more likely to be harmed in a crash than when they were on their L plates.

“We are clearly delighted, therefore, to see the commitment for the program from the Federal Government, and are pleased to financially contribute to ensure its success in Tasmania.”

Last financial year, 872 free lessons were delivered in Tasmania under the program.

Mrs Pennicott said the RACT had lobbied extensively for the program to be funded going forward.

“In our Federal Budget submission for this year, we requested that the government consider funding the Keys2Drive program, which was due to expire on 30 June,” she said.

“We followed this up in May 2017 with further lobbying of the government to support the program into the future.

“Since then, the RACT, together with National Auto Club organisations, has worked with the Federal Government to deliver a four-year commitment to the program.”

The Keys2Drive program equips learner drivers and their supervisory driver to be a better driver as they transition to driving independently