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AUGUST 23 2016 - 4:14PM
Vulnerable road users component added to ACT driver's licence
Katie Burgess - The Canberra Times - ACT News
Young ACT drivers will have to be able to prove they can share
the road safely with cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians
before they'll be granted a licence, the ACT government says.
From next Monday, people applying for learner permits or
provisional licences must demonstrate they can drive around
vulnerable road users or risk failing their test, the ACT's Road
safety Minister Shane Rattenbury said on Monday.
"It's really exciting that more and more Canberrans are choosing
to walk and cycle around Canberra. However, it's important that we
ensure that our road rules can accommodate all road users safely,
and that all road users are aware of these rules," he said.
Twenty extra questions will be added to the road rules knowledge
test. Applicants must score 100 per cent on this section to gain
their learner's licence.
During their practical driving test, learners going for their Ps
must demonstrate they can navigate roads with bicycle lanes and
move through areas of slow traffic where motorcyclists may be
Applicants will be tested in areas frequented by cyclists and
pedestrians, including shared zones, town centres, group centres,
aged-care facilities and school zones.
Mr Rattenbury said the learner will also have to "recognise" the
harm they could cause to pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists.
The bolstered tests are based on a study into vulnerable users
funded by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust.
"With this new vulnerable road user competency, the ACT government
is taking the lead nationally to make sure new drivers develop
skills in scanning, checking and interacting with pedestrians and
cyclists including safe passing distances," said Dr Marilyn
Johnson from the Monash University Institute of Transport Studies
and co-author of the study.
Pedal Power executive officer John Armstrong said including skills
specific to vulnerable road users in driver tests would encourage
a positive culture change on Canberra's roads.
"The reality is there simply hasn't been the identification of
these competencies in any driver test before. It's part of a
cultural change to enable all road users to be mindful of other
users and provide a good positive attitude from the word go," he