The structure of the learner licence affects the type of experiences novices gain during this phase: Examples from Queensland and New South Wales

Bates, Lyndel, Watson, Barry and King, Mark (2008). The structure of the learner licence affects the type of experiences novices gain during this phase: Examples from Queensland and New South Wales. In: Barry Watson and Rob Hansen, 2008 High Risk Road Users: Conference proceedings. 2008 High Risk Road Users: Joint Australasian College of Road Safety-Travelsafe National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (5-15). 18 - 19 September 2008.

Author Bates, Lyndel
Watson, Barry
King, Mark
Title of paper The structure of the learner licence affects the type of experiences novices gain during this phase: Examples from Queensland and New South Wales
Conference name 2008 High Risk Road Users: Joint Australasian College of Road Safety-Travelsafe National Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 18 - 19 September 2008
Proceedings title 2008 High Risk Road Users: Conference proceedings
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher Queensland Parliamentary Travelsafe Committee
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Barry Watson
Rob Hansen
Start page 5
End page 15
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Newly licensed drivers have a higher crash risk when compared with any other group of drivers. Graduated driver licensing, with learner, provisional and open licence stages, is one countermeasure demonstrated to reduce this crash risk. The objective of this study was to examine the self-reported behaviours and experiences of learner drivers in two Australian states with different learner licensing requirements: Queensland and New South Wales. Telephone interviews were conducted with 392 participants who were recruited from driver licensing centres immediately after they passed their practical driving test and obtained their driver’s licence under the former driver licensing systems in Queensland and New South Wales. This research identified that the behaviour of learner drivers in both states was very similar, although it did differ on measures that the driver licensing system was likely to influence including the frequency with which L plates were displayed and completion of a log book. The paper also provides information on how learners organised their practice with learners in Queensland appearing less likely to deliberately structure their practice when compared with learners in New South Wales. This research suggests that much of the driving of learners in Queensland occurs on an ad-hoc, unplanned basis. As a result, licensing authorities need to carefully consider how they structure their licensing system in order to positively influence learners’ driving experiences.
Keyword Young drivers
Graduated driver licensing
Learner licence
Learner drivers
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme: High Risk Road Users - Motivating Behaviour Change: What works and what doesn't work?

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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