Car insurance provided for Victoria's 'driver mentors'

A charitable organisation in Victoria has launched a new scheme aimed at helping underprivileged youths achieve their P plates.

Hosted by the Darebin Information Volunteer and Resource Service, the VicRoads-funded L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program aims to enlist volunteer mentor drivers who are charged with helping 16 to 21-year-olds pass their driving tests, the Northcote Leader reported.

The initiative may interest learner drivers looking to compare car insurance in search of the best deals. Co-ordinator Lesley Galbraith commented: "Young people from low-income or migrant families, refugees or even young people in foster or residential care need this assistance.

"VicRoads introduced the program because the 120 hours needed for their log books immediately excluded people who didn’t have access to a car or someone to take them driving."

Car insurance and a car are provided for the mentors who must have a full Victorian driver’s licence and a good driving record, the Northcote Leader said.

Ms Galbraith observed that gaining a licence would open up many employment opportunities to the young people referred to the program.

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