Govt eyes driving test changes

DRIVING tests for young Queenslanders soon could be tougher.

The state government is planning an overhaul of driving tests, driver training qualifications and tests conditions, the first in 14 years.

A draft document from a government advisory panel outlined several different changes to driving tests and the conditions young drivers could meet.

Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said that after 46 young driver fatalities in Queensland in the past seven months, it showed the government needed to look at what improvements could be made.

"The recommendations include redesigning the test format, reviewing the test locations and changing driver examiner qualifications," he said.

"The panel concluded the government should consider changes that 'more effectively assesses whether a learner driver with a minimum 100 hours of supervised driving is competent and safe enough behind the wheel to progress to a provisional licence'.

"It's important that Q-SAFE reflects the work done by parents and driving instructors, in addition to programs run by groups such as RACQ and Rotary to develop young drivers."


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