The Hodgman majority Liberal Government understands that getting a drivers licence plays a vital role in helping young Tasmanians maximise their employment and educational opportunities and to lock in a positive future.
That’s why we are delivering on our election commitment to provide a new alternative P1 delivery model for provisional driving licences which includes private sector assessors.
We are commencing co-design workshops with a cross section of the private sector in the first quarter of 2019 followed by an expression of interest process to participate in a pilot program in each region of the state.
It is anticipated that by partnering with the private sector, licence assessments will be available in more places and at more convenient times, such as evenings, which recognises that the lives of many Tasmanians no longer revolve around the weekday hours between 9am and 5pm. This will cut appointment time delays and streamline the process.
The new system will have a core focus on road safety, integrity of the licensing system, professional development and the use of technology and compliance.
The co-design workshops will be held with a cross-section of industry representatives and are supported by the Australian Driver Trainers’ Association, the RACT, independent authorised driving instructors and department driver assessors.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is determined to reduce the waiting times that novice drivers sometimes experience for their licence assessment, especially in regional areas, so that they can get on with their lives independently.