L-Plate drivers in Victoria will be able to log their 120 hours using a new 'digital log book app' from early next year.
The myLearners app and website is being put through its paces by 110 drivers in a trial by the TAC and Victorian Labor Government, ahead of a launch early in 2019.
Supervisors approve driving hours through the app or using a website, doing away with the paper logbook entirely. Along with time-logging, the app will offer suggestions to help drivers develop their skills as they progress through the 120 hours, and reminders for supervisors/drivers to put their phones away.
Funding for the project has come from the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) young driver program, aimed at reducing road trauma among new drivers.
Luke Donnellan, Victorian Minister for Roads and Safety, said the app is designed to make the process of logging 120 hours simpler for learners.
"This app will make it easier for learner drivers, parents and supervisors to track and manage a learner’s driving hours and teach them safe driving behaviours from the moment they get their learner permit,” Donnellan said in a statement.
TAC lead director for road safety, Samantha Cockfield, described the app as an "important tool" to help develop "safe young drivers" when it launches.
Victoria won't be the first state to offer a digital, officially-accepted log book. New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia all allow new drivers to keep track of their hours.