Getting in the driver’s seat

Azita Babakan, from Iran, who received her licence through the Driver Education Program.
Azita Babakan, from Iran, who received her licence through the Driver Education Program.

The program, which has been in operation since July 2012, has helped more than 50 people gain independence through learning how to drive.

Project officer Michael Mitchell said the program provided driver education sessions, driving lessons with accredited instructors and 25 hours of supervised driving that could be completed in as little as 10 weeks to get them ready for their learner driver theory test and practical driving assessment.

‘Once students have passed the theory test we organise up to 30 subsidised driving lessons, through a professional driving school, to ensure students log the hours required to pass the practical assessment,’ he said.

‘Following that, students can access our accredited mentor drivers, again at a reduced rate, to complete the final 25 hours of supervised driving required for licensing.

‘Already we’ve seen four students graduate from the program fully-licensed and another three have passed the practical assessment and are completing their logbook hours.’ For details about the February program, call 9336 8282.