Legislative Council Hansard
Tuesday 10 June 2008
WAITING TIME FOR DRIVER'S LICENCE TESTING
Mr FINCH (Question) - Can the Leader please advise:
(1) What is the present waiting time for a driver's licence test in Launceston?
(2) What efforts are being made to reduce this time to a more reasonable two-week wait?
(3) What other options are there for a Launceston resident wanting a driver's licence urgently?
Mr PARKINSON - I thank the honourable member for his question. As at 5 June 2008 -
(1) There was a waiting period of 28.5 weeks.
(2) The Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources - DIER - is implementing a strategy to reduce waiting periods. This includes the appointment of an additional 4.5 driver-testing officers statewide, along with two new part-time driver-testing officers to test on the east and west coasts. The driver-testing officer on the east coast will particularly benefit Launceston as it will remove the need for a Launceston-based driver-testing officer to cover that area.
(3) Internal DIER processes exist for special circumstances where a learner can take an earlier driving test in order to obtain or retain employment.