Driving Age submissions open


Submissions on lowering Victoria's driving age to 17 will close at the end of this month and Western District MP James Purcell is urging regional families to have their say.

Mr Purcell requested an inquiry into reducing the P plate driving age to 17 in December to support rural youth who struggle to access employment and education due to poor public transport options in our regions.

"The reality is is there is a significantly lower access to public transport, which dramatically reduces our youth's ability to secure meaningful employment.

"That's the catalyst for us seeking this inquiry."

The study also seeks a review of the links between the existing driving age and high youth unemployment in regional areas, the impacts of separating the legal driving age and legal drinking age and the correlation between a reduced probationary driving age and the road toll.

"My office has been inundated by constituents raising this issue. We need to be supporting young people to succeed and this inquiry is a step in the right direction," he said.

"This motion is in no way designed to reduce road safety in Victoria; we all want to get home safely to our families. Australians deserve to have a safe legislative framework, safe workplaces and safe roads."

Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee chair Geoff Howard says the committee is particularly keen to hear from young Victorians and to look at ways it can help them overcome any hurdles they face in getting to work, study or training.

Written submissions are due by 30 May 2016 and public hearings will then be held in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Mr Purcell is urging his constituents to enter a submission prior to 30 May, via www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lrrcsc/