Learner driver tests go online
From June all aspiring Victorian drivers will be able to sit their leaner test online. Here’s what you need to know.
As thousands of aspiring drivers get ready to sit their learner test online for the first time, RACV has welcomed the new digital testing program as a step forward in improving driver safety.
The new program, which involves both an online course and test that can be completed at home, was first made available to 500 budding drivers in Gippsland in April, with invitations issued to an additional 1000 applicants with existing test appointments each week in May. Online testing will be available to all customers from late June.
The state government says online testing will break down barriers faced by some would-be drivers, especially in regional Victoria, where transport and distance to testing centres, and limited appointment times, impact access.
RACV’s senior safety policy adviser, Elvira Lazar, says the program will also help better prepare learner drivers by building their knowledge of driving risks and safe behaviour.
She says the online course component, which includes theory, interactive videos, visual graphics and mini quizzes that progressively test knowledge of key road-safety issues, will help both learners and their supervisors build a strong foundation before they put on their L plates.
“It is vital for all young drivers to understand the common risks that lead to crashes and more importantly what they can do to avoid putting themselves and others in danger,” she says.
She says the course builds on the topics covered in the current Road to Solo driving handbook and crucially emphasises the importance of drivers sharing the road safely with other users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
To access the online test, customers must create a myVicRoads personal account, pay a small fee and have access to a compatible device. It takes between four and six hours to complete the course, and prospective learners have 12 months from registration to sit the actual test.