The impact of changes to the graduated driver licensing program in Queensland, Australia on the experiences of Learner drivers

  • Bridie J. Scott-Parker, Lyndel Bates, Barry C. Watson, Mark J. King, Melissa K. Hyde
  • Accident Analysis & Prevention, July 2011, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.01.012

Experiences of learner drivers following changes to the graduated driver licensing program

What is it about?

Graduated driver licensing is the most effective intervention to date to improve young driver road safety outcomes. In July 2007 in Queensland, Australia, we introduced an enhanced graduated driver licensing program, however, the experiences of learner drivers in this new program remains unknown. Experiences of learner drivers within the enhanced graduated driver licensing program were able to be compared to a sample of learners who provided similar information before the July 2007 changes. 1032 young drivers from across the state of Queensland completed an online survey when they progressed from their learner licence to their provisional 1 licence, exploring their experiences as learner drivers within the enhanced graduated licensing program. A sub-sample of these drivers (183 drivers) were matched (by age and residential location) to the survey responses collected in survey data pre July 2007 (149 drivers).

Why is it important?

Compared to the former graduated licensing program, young drivers in the enhanced program reported gaining significantly more driving practice as learners, and that it was actually easier to gain access to a supervisor (despite the former program mandating no minimum hours practice requirements).

Perspectives

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker
University of the Sunshine Coast

The enhanced graduated licensing program appears to have considerable benefits for learners, particularly making it easier for learners to access supervised driving practice and increasing the amount of time spent practising driving under supervision.

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