New learner test for young Qld drivers

Queensland teenagers will now be able to get their learners’ licence online thanks to an innovative new test designed to improve young driver safety.

Instead of having to do the current 30-question written road rules test at a Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads centre, teens will now be able to complete a revolutionary online learning and assessment program called PrepL.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey launched the new test this week following a successful pilot with a number of high schools across Queensland last year.


“Feedback from the participants was very positive, with more than 96 per cent rating PrepL as good or very good,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

“They said they felt PrepL had thoroughly prepared them for driving and described the program as engaging and interactive.”

It’s understood the new online program will shift the focus of new driver education towards behaviour, rather than just basic road rules testing.

“Young drivers are more susceptible to taking risks, succumbing to peer pressure and distractions such as using their mobile phone,” Mr Bailey said.

“The new program does not only test knowledge of the road rules, but also focuses on safe driving attitudes and sharing the road with others.

“We want to start conversations among new drivers and show them the consequences of poor decisions, while also making the experience interactive and engaging.”

The program can be used across multiple devices, including smart phones, tablets and computers, allowing those going for their Ls to complete it anywhere and anytime, at their own pace.

PrepL is available now as an option to all new Queensland drivers applying for their learner licence, with the written road rules test to be gradually phased out over the next year.

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