Wednesday 13 July 2011
Hansard of the Legislative Council
OLDER DRIVER LICENSING
Mr FINCH (Question) –
My question is to the Leader. In the discussion paper prepared
by DIER, dated 19 August 2010, The Review of the Older Driver
Licensing System in Tasmania' in respect of the annual mandatory
licensing, the paper's executive summary says that based on
evidence DIER believes that mandatory on-road driver assessments
from the age of 85 years should cease. What progress has been
made about changing that regulation?
Mr PARKINSON - I thank the honourable member for his question.
I am wondering if he has a personal interest in the matter.
A departmental minute has been prepared asking that the Minister
for Infrastructure approve the alternative older driver licensing
system final report which sets out the proposed older driver
licensing system for Tasmania. The minister is considering
the minute and the report and will be in a position to announce
the system in the coming months. The older driver licensing
review was in response to a report by the Anti-Discrimination
Commissioner. As part of the review DIER released a discussion
paper for public consultation in September 2010. A month-long
public consultation process was held between 20 September
and 18 October 2010, inviting input from the community into
the review. Sixty-one submissions were received from external
individuals and organisations along with stakeholders who
were consulted prior to the public consultation stage. The
report was developed taking into consideration these submissions
and contemporary research.