Date: Friday 01 November 2019 at 8:04am - Friday 15 November 2019 at 6:04pm
The Manningham-Whitehorse TAC L2P learner driver mentor program is a community based, volunteer program. TAC L2P helps learner drivers from both Manningham and Whitehorse Council areas who face significant barriers, to gain their mandatory 120 driving hours required to obtain a probationary licence.
Why was TAC L2P introduced?
The Graduated Licensing System (which came into effect in 2007) requires that all learner drivers aged under 21 years achieve a minimum of 120 hours supervised driving experience. For most young learner drivers this will be achievable through professional driving instructor lessons and practice with parents, extended family or close friends.
However, there are a number of young people who have considerable difficulty gaining access to a vehicle or supervising driver (or both) on an ongoing basis.
How does TAC L2P work?
Learner drivers are matched with fully licensed community volunteers. The learner and their mentor go out for regular driving sessions, in a vehicle sponsored by Manningham and Whitehorse Councils, working towards 120 hours of driving practice. TAC L2P also incorporates up to seven free professional driving lessons by a registered driving instructor. This is to ensure the young people participating have some driving skills before being matched with a volunteer mentor.
Who can be an TAC L2P mentor?
Mentors are volunteers from the community who undertake a selection and training process to become a supervising driver. Mentors develop and maintain a purposeful, empowering, supportive and ongoing relationship with the learner driver they are matched with by meeting with them for at least one hour per week. Mentoring provides opportunities to meet new people develop new skills and add variety to the mentor’s life.
What Learner Drivers are eligible to participate?
TAC L2P is for young people aged 16-21 with a current learners permit but without access to a vehicle or supervising driver to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving experience. Young people can be referred to the program by youth agencies, schools, parents or can refer themselves. There is no charge to participants however applicants will need to meet the eligibility criteria before being accepted into the program.