Tougher driving tests in the wind

Andrew Gale from AG Licensing says he is a big supporter of the Q-SAFE test.
Andrew Gale from AG Licensing says he is a big supporter of the Q-SAFE test. Erin Smith

DRIVING tests for young Queenslanders could soon be a lot tougher.

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

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

AG Licensing instructor and secretary of the Warwick and Districts Road Safety Association Andrew Gale said he was a big supporter of the current Q-SAFE test.

"But I support any review of it," he said.

Mr Gale would like to see an alternative option offered to those applying to get their driver's licence.

"It would be great to see a competency-based course," he said.

"It would still be practical but more in the format of a course like you would do at TAFE."

One recommendation was to change the driver examiner qualifications.

Mrs Kool's driving instructor Gail Lobley said she did not know what other qualifications they could get.

"All the examiners I have worked with have all been driving instructors themselves," she said. "They are already very experienced."

Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said after 46 young driver deaths in Queensland in seven months, the government must consider improvements.

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Topics:  driving, driving test, queensland

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