The Road Ahead : August September 2007
AUG/SEP 07 19 Helping learners WITH JULIE-ANNE SCHAFER RACQ PRESIDENT In late June, I was pleased to join with Queensland's Transpor t and Main Roads Minister, Paul Lucas, to celebrate a significant road safety landmark for our state. The reforms to driver education and licensing that came into effect on July 1 give Queensland one of the most comprehensive graduated licensing systems in Australia. Your Club has made a significant investment in developing and implementing learn2go, our online package of logbook, learner drives, video tips and prize incentives to make the required minimum 100 hours of super vised driving as productive and 'painless' as possible for learners and super visors alike. "We have made this investment because road safety is a key priority for the RACQ." PERSPECTIVE In addition, we have set up a 24-hour helpline and made free licence packs available from all RACQ branches. We have also helped Queensland Transpor t to produce official handbooks for learners, super visors and provisional licence holders that will give young motorists a sound star t to their driving lives. RACQ Insurance has made its own valuable contribution to encouraging as much driving practice as possible by waiving the standard age excess on its motor vehicle policies where a fully licensed policyholder is super vising a learner's permit holder. I hope that many members will visit learn2go.com.au, where they will see a cutting edge medium for providing impor tant information to young people in a style relevant to them, yet user-friendly for adults as well. We have made this investment because road safety is a key priority for the RACQ. The Club's board is keenly aware that the dispropor tionate number of road deaths and injuries among young adults is a major public health issue that cannot be successfully tackled by government alone. As always, it is people who can make the difference. This issue is one for which we must each individually take responsibility ever y day, in the way in which we drive, cour tesies we extend to other road users and the example we give young drivers, whether they are in the car with us or sharing the road with us. RACQ intends to remain at the forefront of effor ts to preser ve this state's most valuable resource, young Queenslanders.
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