L-Platers to face tougher driving tests

QUEENSLAND'S L-plate drivers will face tougher driving tests as the Palaszczuk Government takes action to curb the incidence of young drivers being killed on the state's roads.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said that under the new Q-SAFE practical driving test it would be even 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.

"Learner drivers will now be tested on how to merge into lanes at higher speeds and safely turn across incoming traffic. There will also be zero tolerance for speeding.

"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 learner drivers would also be tested on their ability to maintain safe following distances and on how they respond to potentially dangerous situations on the road.

"Many parents have told me of sleepness nights spent worrying about whether their son or daughter would make it safely home and of the relief they felt hearing a key turn in the door."  

"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.