2013 Driver's Licence Course for South Taranaki Residents

2013 Driver's Licence Course for South Taranaki Residents

Monday, December 17, 2012

Young New Zealand drivers are historically over represented in road crash statistics, but a free drivers licence course for South Taranaki youth aims to turn that around.

The free course is for 16 – 24 year olds living in South Taranaki who are able to sit a stage of their drivers licence by Friday 14 April, 2013 with the final test completed before Friday 14 June, 2013. People can check their eligibility to sit their licence by calling NZTA on 0800 822 422.

The 2013 Drivers Licence Course is coordinated by Feats in partnership with the South Taranaki District Council and is funded by the Ministry of Youth Development with support from Roadsafe Taranaki.

“Feats is pleased to support young people to add an employment skill in gaining their driver’s licence, and see it as part of Feats role of supporting the community,” says Feats general manager Cheree Menzies.

South Taranaki District Council’s community youth advisor Peter Heard says getting a licence is a big deal for young people.  “It represents independence, opportunity and is part of being a ‘grown-up’.”

“The course is limited to 60, so applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to study and practice,” says Mr Heard. “Successful applicants will need a support person who can help with study and practise, and if aiming for a restricted or full licence they must have access to a registered and warranted vehicle.  Successful applicants will also be expected to attend training evenings and study at home. Practical driving instruction and theory will be provided free depending on what stage of licence the young person is at,” he says.

“Young drivers are provided with mentoring and support from an experienced driver. The course encourages families to support their young people to get their licences which is an important part of making our roads safer,” says Marion Webby of Roadsafe Taranaki.

Applications close Thursday 14 February 2013. Application forms are available from www.feats.ac.nz  or www.southtaranaki.com/Live.Youth or you can pick them up from Feats (6 Princes St, Hawera), from any South Taranaki LibraryPlus centre and the South Taranaki District Council’s Administration Building in Hawera.  For further information, please contact Pare Bennett of Feats on 0800 505 479 or email hawera@feats.ac.nz