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Free road safety workshops for northern drivers

Learner and senior drivers on the Far North Coast are set to benefit from a suite of free driver workshops to help keep them safe on our roads.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Infrastructure Chris Gulaptis said Transport for NSW would host eight workshops across the northern region over the next two weeks.

“The NSW Government is committed to reducing the state road toll by keeping drivers and their passengers as safe as possible on the road,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“That’s why we’re delivering two different types of workshops, aimed at learner drivers and senior drivers, in Ballina, Lismore, Alstonville, Evans Head and Byron Bay.”

Mr Gulaptis said the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop aimed to support parents and supervisors of learner drivers to be effective teachers.

“The workshop includes information about licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, tips for using the learner driver log book and the importance of providing constructive feedback,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Parents and supervisors play a vital role in helping young drivers gain the experience they need to be safe on the roads.

“This workshop has been developed to help them teach these skills with confidence and ultimately make the journey from L-plater to P-plater safer for all road users.”

Mr Gulaptis said the Road Safety for Older Road Users workshop was aimed at helping road users aged 65 and over learn about changes to driver licensing rules after the age of 75.

“Attendees at this workshop will learn about misunderstood road rules in NSW, key health changes that can affect road user abilities, safe driving habits, safest car choices, and tips to improve safety when you’re out and about, on or near roads,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“Information will be provided for all road users, whether they drive, ride, walk, catch public transport, use a mobility scooter, or a combination of these.”

Bookings to the following workshops are essential and can be made by calling 02 6764 6688 or emailing [email protected]

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshop:

Tuesday, 10 March

  • Ballina, 6pm – 7.30pm at Kentwell Community Centre, Bangalow Road, Ballina.

Wednesday, 11 March

  • Lismore, 6pm – 7.30pm at Lismore Workers Club, Keen Street, Lismore

Thursday, 12 March

  • Byron Bay, 6pm to 7.30pm at Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.

Monday, 16 March

  • Evans Head, 6pm to 7.30pm at Evans Head Bowling Club, Beech Street, Evans Head.

The Road Safety for Older Road Users workshop:

Wednesday, 11 March

  • Ballina, 9.30am – 11am at Kentwell Community Centre, Bangalow Road, Ballina.
  • Alstonville, 2pm – 2.30pm at Plateau Sports Club, Deegan Drive, Alstonville.
  • Lismore, 9.30am to 11am at Lismore Workers Club, Keen Street, Lismore.

Thursday, 12 March

  • Byron Bay, 2pm to 3.30pm at Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay.

Tuesday, 17 March

  • Evans Head, 9.30am to 11am at Evans Head Bowling Club, Beech Street, Evans Head

These workshops are being delivered by Transport for NSW as part of the NSW Government’s Road Safety Plan 2021.

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