HAPPY: Learner driver Rebekah Lougher likes the faster speed limit.
HAPPY: Learner driver Rebekah Lougher likes the faster speed limit.

Increased speed limit welcomed by learner drivers

LIFTING the maximum speed for learner drivers came at the right time for one Clarence Valley L-plater.

From July 1 learner drivers have been able to drive up to 90kmh, instead the previous 80kmh limit.

McAuley Catholic College Year 10 student Jourdan Bamforth got her Ls around that time, taking advantage of the new law.

It was good news in an unexpected way she said, as the 80kmh limit was so restrictive.

"As a learner driver, it's really intimidating when you're driving along the highway restricted to 80kmh and there is a queue of cars behind you with no overtaking lane," Ms Bamforth said.

"Going that bit faster doesn't make it as bad for you or the other drivers stuck behind you."

After receiving a recommendation from the NSW auditor-general, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay gave the increase the green light. Mr Gay also announced a new incentive to reward learner drivers who complete a safer driver course.

Once a learner driver has completed a safer driver course, their log book requirement is reduced from 120 hours to 100 hours.

"This is one of the first steps towards rewarding younger drivers for becoming safer drivers," he said.



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