Fraser Coast driving instructor Chris McFarlane has welcomed the government's changes.
Fraser Coast driving instructor Chris McFarlane has welcomed the government's changes. Alistair Brightman

Driving tests to put more emphasis on high-risk manoeuvres

FRASER Coast driving instructor Chris McFarlane has welcomed changes to driver tests that will see learners tackle more high-risk manoeuvres when going for their licence.

The reforms were announced by Minister for Transport Scott Emerson on Sunday and include medical testing requirements for older drivers.

For learners, the Q-Safe driver test will concentrate more on turning into oncoming traffic and merging at high speeds.

Mr Emerson said it was about making younger drivers better prepared, however Mrs McFarlane has predicted the changes are unlikely to impact on cities such as Maryborough that don't have many roundabouts or merging lanes.

She said she would still like to see learners tested on manoeuvres such as parallel parking and to make professional driving lessons mandatory.

"You never know when you're going to need those things," she said.

The changes to the driver test are expected to be introduced in a pilot project next year.

Under the reforms, drivers aged 75 or over will only be able to be issued a 12-month medical certificate.

Drivers can be issued a medical certificate valid for up to five years under the current system.

Mr Emerson said the committee behind the reforms had not found motorists over the age of 75 needed to sit further driving tests.

Driver licence reforms

  • Drivers aged 75 years or over will need to obtain yearly medical certificates
  • More education for older drivers, their doctors and their families
  • Investigation into possible improvements for motorcycle licence testing


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