Mackay Driver Education owner Michael Sullivan said many of his students were excited to take their driver tests now that centres were reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease. Photo: Zizi Averill
Mackay Driver Education owner Michael Sullivan said many of his students were excited to take their driver tests now that centres were reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease. Photo: Zizi Averill

Mackay learner drivers get licence to hit the road

HUNDREDS of Mackay learner drivers have been freed from limbo as the State announces the return of P-plate practical driving tests.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said transport authorities have begun preparing for the return of driving tests on June 15, with new measures in place to ensure examiners and learner drivers are safe.

Mackay Driver Education owner Michael Sullivan said he was happy to see tests return and anticipated greater traffic to his business.

"All instructors are going to be very busy," Mr Sullivan said.

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Mackay Driver Education owner Michael Sullivan said many of his students were excited to take their driver tests now that centres were reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease. Photo: Zizi Averill
Mackay Driver Education owner Michael Sullivan said many of his students were excited to take their driver tests now that centres were reopening as coronavirus restrictions ease. Photo: Zizi Averill

"There are approximately 200 kids in Mackay whose tests were cancelled (in March)."

Mr Sullivan said the lack of driver tests had hurt young workers who needed their licences for jobs and apprenticeships.

Many of his students had completed their hours and were disappointed when their sessions were cancelled.

Mr Bailey said a booking process would be introduced to prioritise learner drivers who had their tests suspended due to the pandemic, and those who urgently needed their P-plates for economic, health, and job reasons.

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"New driving examiners are being brought on board and tests will be conducted six days a week to help catch up on the number of learner drivers whose tests were suspended," he said.

Mr Bailey said the fee for learner licence renewals is being waived until three months after practical driving tests resume.

This includes learner licences that have expired.


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