Ready to RYDE

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The City of Joondalup has launched its Regional Youth Driver Education (RYDE) program to help young people in the northern corridor take significant steps towards obtaining their driver’s licence.

As part of the conditions of being granted a licence in Western Australia, all learner drivers must complete at least 50 hours of supervised experience behind the wheel.

However, some young people can experience barriers that can prevent them from gaining these necessary logbook hours. For instance, barriers might include a lack of a suitable driving supervisor, financial concerns or access to a suitable vehicle

And that’s where Joondalup RYDE comes in.

RYDE connects learner drivers (aged 16 – 25 years) with trained volunteer driver mentors. Available seven days a week, the program operates from Joondalup Library with an easy-to-use online booking platform and an affordable fee of $15.00 for a 90-minute driving session.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and South East Ward Councillor John Logan were at Joondalup Library earlier today to help launch the program.

Mayor Jacob said many young people had to overcome significant challenges to undertake the required 50 hours of driving experience towards getting their driver’s licence.

“RYDE can help open up a new world for disadvantaged young people,” he said.

“Not being able to get a driver’s licence can affect a young person’s job prospects, training, education and independence.

“Research shows that young people benefit greatly from having a licence in terms of independence to travel to study, work and for social activities.”

Cr Logan, a passionate advocate for youth, presented a Notice of Motion to Joondalup Council in 2017 to investigate options to provide a pathway for financially and socially challenged learner drivers to be mentored by experienced volunteers in driving safely and responsibly.

He said RYDE would have a positive impact on the lives of young people in the community.

The program’s set-up costs included the purchase of an automatic car (and five-star safety rating) and it being fitted out with extra driver pedals for the volunteer mentors. It is anticipated there will be minimal ongoing costs.

Young people must complete their hazard perception and driver competency tests to be eligible for the program. Some additional fees apply.

Those keen to take part in Joondalup RYDE should contact their nearest RYDE provider. Prospective volunteer mentors can express their interest by emailing ryde@joondalup.wa.gov.au

More information available via the City’s Youth Services website.