15 August 2022
The Andrews Labor Government is slashing costs for new drivers and their families across Essendon with the abolition of learner and probationary license fees, as well as online testing fees.
Member for Essendon Danny Pearson MP said from Monday, 15 August, aspiring L-platers will save up to $51.40 in license and online testing fees. While learner drivers going for their P-plates will save up to $133.30 in licence and online hazard perception testing fees.
Over 138.000, Victorians who get their L’s each year and 121.000 who get their P’s will have more money in their pockets thanks to these changes.
Victoria’s new online learner permit and hazard perception tests will also be free from Monday. These tests were made available online last year to provide more options and greater flexibility for aspiring drivers looking to achieve their licence goals anywhere, anytime, with more than 90 per cent of customers now choosing this new option.
Car, motorcycle, and heavy vehicle licence holders of all ages across Essendon will also benefit from the reintroduction of the Safe Driver Discount, which was abolished by the former Liberal National Government in 2013.
Drivers who have not incurred demerit points or committed road safety offences in the previous three years will receive a 25 per cent discount off their next licence renewal, meaning a saving of up to $73 on a new ten-year driver’s license.
The Safe Driver Discount will recommence for driver licence renewals generated after 1 October 2022.
These changes build on other initiatives from the Labor Government to reduce costs for motorists and promote road safety.
Since 2016, the Free Licence Scheme has provided free licences to young drivers under the age of 21 who complete both their red and green probationary periods with no traffic offences or demerit points. Over 121.000 young Victorians have saved up to $85.50 on their first full licence through this scheme.
For more information about licence and registration services in Victoria or to access the online learner permit and hazard perception tests, head to vicroads.vic.gov.au.
Quote attributable to Danny Pearson MP, Member for Essendon
“We’re rewarding Essendon motorists for their safe driving habits and offering financial support when it comes to getting their licence – this program will keep people on the move and get them where they need to go.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll MP
“Getting your L’s and P’s is one of life’s most significant milestones – and we are delivering them for free.”
“This puts money back into the pockets of Victorian families and makes it easier to unlock all the opportunities that come with a driver license.