Free lessons and 20-hour credit to entice uptake

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Transport for NSW is preparing to scrap the old learner-driver logbooks that have been floating around in glove boxes for nearly 20 years now.

Following comments last year from now former NSW roads minister, Duncan Gay, the state has been pushing to ditch the 'old school' approach for some time.

New roads minister Melinda Pavey said today that it is time for the L-plater system to catch up with the needs and preferences of the young people going through the process.

“It is about time we brought the logbook experience into the 21st century. Parents and kids are sick of having to manually write in 120 hours of driving practice,” Ms Pavey said.

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A new trial will commence soon, with 100 places available for learner drivers in Western Sydney and regional NSW to try out four specific apps: Licence Ready, Learner Journey, Ezy Log and L2P.

Those that do will be invited to a free Safer Drivers Course, worth $140. Undertaking the course also comes with the advantage of having 20 hours credited to the 120 hours of driving practice each learner driver must log.

Ms Pavey stressed that the apps have been designed to ensure the driver and supervisor will not be distracted. The app must also not be used while driving.

Queensland and Tasmania already offer similar apps, although most other states do not.