The impetus for [the motion to lower the driving age] has come from constituents in rural areas in western Victoria who were driving their under 18 children to jobs. Mr Purcell said people on farms and from small towns had lobbied him to bring about the change. Mr Purcell said lowering the age in Victoria would allow 17-year-olds to be more independent and allow easier access to their schools, jobs and apprenticeships.
A Kirkstall mum supports lowering the driving age for Victorian teens to 17 after seeing it work in rural New South Wales. Liz Salathiel lived over the Victorian border, about 30 kilometres from Mildura, where the probationary driving age is 17.