Published on 17 January 2017
An L2P Learner Driver Program volunteer driver has amassed over 250 hours of supervised driving since July 2014.
Ian Whitman joined the program in 2014 as he felt that he could help young people gain experience and confidence behind the wheel.
“I used to do driver training in the Reserves and when I moved to Kerang I often found that there were lots of young people who need support in getting their hours up, either due to circumstance or parents being a little nervous about taking them on the road,” Mr Whitman explains.
During his time with the Program Mr Whitman has supervised three learner drivers, for a total of 285 hours, who have all gone on to gain their Probationary licence.
“It is important to me that the learner driver gains confidence and skills behind the wheel, it’s not just about passing a test at the end of it all,” Mr Whitman states.
“The flexibility of this program is ideal for anyone really, whether you have ½ hour a week or 5 hours a week to spare, it doesn’t matter. I would really encourage people to consider signing up as a volunteer to support the L2P Program.”
Gannawarra Mayor Brian Gibson adds the L2P Program has proven to be a great success since its inception in 2009.
“The program has assisted many young people in the Gannawarra area to increase their supervised driving hours, gain experience behind the wheel and learn to become a safe and accountable driver on our roads.”
“In addition, our volunteers are fantastic and do a marvellous job of supporting young people in this important step in their lives.”
The Gannawarra L2P Program is supported by TAC and VicRoads and our local sponsor Swan Hill and Kerang Toyota who provide a motor vehicle for the learner drivers to use.
The Gannawarra L2P Program currently has vacancies for learner drivers aged 16-21 who need assistance to gain 120 hours of driving experience. Council are also seeking volunteers to become mentors to learner drivers. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Phillip Tennant on 0427 223 450.
For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website
Date: 17 January 2017
Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627