New learner driver test to boost road safety

RACQ has welcomed the introduction of a new mandatory hazard perception test for Queensland learner drivers wanting to progress onto P-plates.

Minister for Road Safety Mark Bailey announced from 29 March novice drivers would have to sit an online hazard perception test before they were able to sit their practical driving test to graduate to their P1 licence.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said previously the hazard perception test was required to graduate from a P1 to P2 licence.

“This online, scenario-based exam will teach learner drivers how to identify potential hazards and safe driver behaviour before their practical driving test, bringing Queensland in line with other states,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Both motorcycle riders and L-platers will be quizzed on the most challenging hazards for new drivers based on road crash data, which goes much further than simply learning the basic road rules.

“The online exam features high-quality 3D computer-generated clips about challenging hazards, in particular intersections and give-way signs.

“We believe this test will help ensure those who can’t demonstrate the necessary safety skills required will not be able to drive unsupervised on the roads.

Ms Ritchie said the test aimed to educate high-risk drivers, who continued to be overrepresented in Queensland’s roll toll.

“Unfortunately, 17 to 24 year olds are overrepresented in fatal crashes, particularly young men, so if we can do anything to try and make it safer, then that’s beneficial,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We need to continue focusing on safe behaviours, learning the road rules and gaining as much experience early on, before being in control of a vehicle alone.”