STAWELL - As part of the Victorian Government's initiative to improve road safety for young drivers, the Northern Grampians L2P Learner Driver Mentor program was launched by Local MP Simon Ramsey in Stawell.
The L2P program targets young people under the age of 21 who have their learner's permit but do not have access to a vehicle, supervising driver or both.
Under the new Graduated Licensing System all Learners are required to gain 120 hours of compulsory experience, for some this can be difficult without the community support offered through the L2P program.
"While the L2P program helps young people to build up their driving experience so they can get their probationary licence, mentors benefit from building positive relationships with the young people and feel a sense of connection with the local community," L2P Project Officer, Sarah Garton said.
"Attaining a drivers licence opens many doors for young people and is an integral part of gaining independence and employment opportunities particularly in regional Victoria."
Currently, eight mentors have undergone training to become supervising drivers for the Northern Grampians program.
Further mentor training is scheduled for November 10 and 17.
Interested community members who wish to become involved in the program, either as a mentor or learner driver are invited to contact Project Officer Sarah Garton on 0418 535 478.
The Northern Grampians L2P program aims to help at least 15 learner drivers in its first year of operation.
VicRoads is working with local councils, community groups and charities across Victoria to gradually roll out the L2P program.
There are currently more than 50 programs fully operational across Victoria, with more programs in various stages of development prior to launching.
More than 2000 learners will benefit over the course of the program.