RRV North Eastern Regional Director Steve Bowmaker said there’s currently high demand for the TAC L2P program which matches mentors with young learner drivers who don’t have access to a supervising driver or vehicle.

“Volunteer mentors are the driving force behind this dynamic program,” Mr Bowmaker said.

“It’s through their efforts that learners are able to reach the 120 hours required to attain their Ps. 

“By achieving their licence goals, learners are then able to connect with educational, vocational and social opportunities that may not otherwise have been available to them.” 

For Wangaratta-based volunteer mentor David James, the many hours spent on the road with his mentee Nick Richards resulted not only in a successful licence test but a firm friendship too. 

“Nick is the second learner I’ve worked with and I’ve really enjoyed being part of the program,” Mr James said. 

“I’d encourage anyone with some time on their hands to volunteer as a supervising driver, it’s really rewarding and a great way to help out young people.” 

Across RRV’s North Eastern Region, TAC L2P can be accessed in Alpine Shire, Benalla Rural City, Indigo Shire, Mansfield Shire, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Greater Shepparton, Strathbogie Shire, Wangaratta Rural City and City of Wodonga. 

Offered statewide, TAC L2P has helped over 5,000 learners obtain their probationary licence and mentors have supervised over 458,000 hours of driving. 

Funded by the TAC and managed by the Department of Transport Community Programs team, L2P is free for eligible young people.

More information about the program can be found by visiting the L2P page.