Queensland learners to face tougher driving test

Queensland learner drivers will face tougher driving tests as the state Government takes action to curb the road toll among young drivers.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the new Q-SAFE practical driving test would make it harder for young drivers to get a licence.

"It's all about safety. Too many young drivers are being killed on our roads and we're taking action to help ensure the next generation of motorists have the skills needed to handle dangerous situations.

"In the past, many young drivers were assessed on their ability to perfect a reverse parallel park, amongst other things. This new testing regime will focus on the serious traffic hazards that young drivers face every time they get behind the wheel and less on parking manoeuvres.

Learners will now face a zero tolerance approach on speeding and be tested on high speed driving techniques including; merging, following at safe distances and reacting to dangerous situations. 

"Speeding is responsible for one in five road deaths in Queensland. It's totally unacceptable and more must be done to turn these statistics around," Mr Bailey said.

"These new rules have been specifically designed to give young drivers the key to safe driving practices."

Following successful trials at a number of locations in Queensland, the Q-SAFE practical driving tests for learner drivers will be rolled out across the state at the end of June.

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