The Queensland Government has announced an Australian-first trial which would see learner drivers taking an interactive test on a smartphone or tablet.
Under the current exam, students are required to fill out multiple choice questions about road safety rules and regulations.
Students from six Queensland schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Logan, Mt Isa, Sunshine Coast and Gordonvale will trial the Prep-L exam.
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The new test will feature an interactive course which puts them through driving simulation and real-life interviews.
Acting Main Roads Minister Steve Miles said the test aims to reduce the road toll.
“Despite all of our efforts young drivers under the age of 24 continue to be over-represented in our crash statistics and road toll,” he said.
“We hope this new program will assist us in keeping young people even safer.”
Mr Miles said Queensland was leading the way in improving outcomes for the next generation of drivers.
“Young drivers have a greater susceptibility for risk-taking behaviours, succumbing to peer pressure and other driver distractions such as mobile phone use,” he said.
“Students won’t just learn the road rules with Prep-L, they’ll learn why the rules exist, and in a virtual environment, they will experience the consequences of poor driving behaviour.”