Driver licensing program changing lives

People who face roadblocks when it comes to obtaining a driver’s licence in will find it easier under the expansion of the NSW Government’s $20 million Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP).

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government is doubling its investment from the last DLAP round over the next five years to better support people who face barriers to get their learner and provisional driver licences.

“In Dubbo we have Bamarra Pty Ltd involved in the program, while Birrang is involved in helping people in the Mudgee, Wellington, Narromine and Trangie communities,” Mr Saunders said.

“This program helps Aboriginal communities, vulnerable youth, low socio-economic environments and people from refugee resettlement communities get their licence, building upon our vision for a stronger, safer regional NSW.

“Since the program started in 2015, DLAP has helped more than 4500 participants to gain their L-plates and more than 3000 people gain their P-plates.”

Each year TfNSW identifies priority delivery locations based on a range of indicators, including a profile of road trauma, licensing data, disadvantage indicators, panel capacity and funding allocation. In 2021 the Program is aiming to cover about 100 locations across NSW.

Funding for the program has been provided primarily by Transport for NSW from the Community Road Safety Fund, with contributions made by the Department of Justice and State Insurance Regulatory Authority.

In the 2021/22 financial year TfNSW has contributed $4m and SIRA has contributed $300k.

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