The ACT Government’s ‘Your Plates: What we heard Report’ has revealed significant community concern about the proposed introduction of curfews for P-plate license holders. Labor MLA Chris Steel has called on Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury to rule out curfews for P-plate drivers in any new licensing reforms.
A Government phone survey of 600 people across the ACT, referenced in the Report, has revealed that 50% of people strongly disagreed or disagreed with the proposed curfew, with only 40% agreeing or strongly agreeing.
“I have heard from many young Canberrans that think that proposed P-plate restrictions unfairly restricts their right to move around our city and this has been confirmed again in the Minister’s Report,” Labor Member Chris Steel MLA said.
“Young people are standing up against the P-plate licencing changes which discriminate against them and their freedom of movement around our City, said Mr Steel.
“It is a well-known fact that young people go out at night, and we should not restrict them from driving at times when other forms of safe transport are limited.
“We know that it is only small minority of people that doing the wrong thing, but all young drivers would be treated as second class citizens by a P-plate curfew.”
Mr Steel said that exemptions proposed to the curfew would do little to reduce the discriminatory effect of the reforms, and there were also other drawbacks.
“A curfew exemption scheme would be costly, bureaucratic and confusing for motorists and Police,” said Mr Steel.
Mr Steel said that there was greater community support new measures to ensure L-platers completed minimum levels supervised driving to gain experience on the road before they attained their P-Plate licence. 68% agreed or strongly agreed that 120 hours of supervised driving should be required.
“I think ensuring learners have more supervised driving before they get their P-platers is a better approach than curfews, Mr Steel said.
“However we need to be careful that this doesn’t place a significant burden on families and friends supervising learners.
“I hope the community’s feedback is reflected in any regulations that are brought forward to the Assembly.”
The report is available here: