Braking the Cycle mentor Tony Smith, Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard and participant Tina Venaskie.
Braking the Cycle mentor Tony Smith, Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard and participant Tina Venaskie. Contributed

Program gives motoring independence to young drivers

A PROGRAM that helps young, aspiring motorists, including those in the Ipswich region, get their driver's licence is proving a great success.

The PCYC Braking the Cycle program has given thousands of young Queenslanders a chance for motoring independence and to become safer, better-informed drivers.

The program involves volunteer mentor drivers helping young learner drivers reach the required 100 hours of supervised on-road driving experience to attain their driver's licence.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said already 743 young drivers had taken part in the program, with 322 of those already attaining their licence.

"They have been supported by 137 mentor drivers with over 19,000 driving hours and 569,484km delivered from Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Boonah, Lowood and Laidley," Ms Howard said.

"These locals are among 4471 young Queenslanders who have already had more than 92,808 supervised driving hours, with more than 2.9million kilometres driven - the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back three and a half times."

PCYC Braking the Cycle is now being offered in 42 locations around Queensland and this number continues to grow.

To read more about the program or to find out how you can sign up, log onto www.qt.com.au.


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