MORE CARS DEEMED SAFE FOR YOUNG DRIVERS IN THE TAMWORTH ELECTORATE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging P-plate drivers, their families and employers in the Tamworth electorate to take advantage of a new web-based tool to check whether they can drive a particular model of car, which is now live.
Mr Anderson said that this is part of the NSW Government’s new rules which kick in from 1 August.
“This webpage will provide P-platers and their families with 6,500 more options while helping to ensure they can stay safe.
“The NSW Government is making it easier for families with a car which may have been previously off limits to young drivers; these reforms mean P-platers no longer need to carry an exemption when driving the family vehicle.
“These changes are important as they now reflect the advances in technology and ensures a more uniform approach nation-wide.
“The previous restrictions on P-platers driving supercharged or turbocharged vehicles were put in place when features on these cars were only used to enhance speed and acceleration but today, super charged doesn’t just means super speed. “
Mr Anderson said it was important the Government revisited the ban in light of the fact many of vehicles previously banned are low performance with modern and effective safety features.
“The new policy incorporates the recently agreed national definition of high performance vehicles with around 7,500 vehicles to remain banned for P-platers.
“Cars that remain banned for p-platers include cars above 130 kilowatts per tonne and a few models that have performance characteristics that pose a high risk for inexperienced drivers,” Mr Anderson said.
Mr Anderson is encouraging P-plate drivers and their families to use the web-based tool on the Centre for Road Safety website: