The State Government today announced changes to driving assessments for regional and rural Western Australia.
The Minister responsible for Licensing, Ljiljanna Ravlich, said that from June 16, the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) would commence a roll-out strategy which would eventually see the department have complete responsibility for driver licence assessments across the State.
“The move from WA Police conducting examinations in regional areas will mean that all learners across the State will now be examined under the one assessment regime,” Ms Ravlich said.
The Minister said that these changes were the final steps in a transitional handover arrangement which would free-up local police to concentrate on more front-line policing duties.
“These changes will occur in two stages, with some regions changing to DPI on June 16 and others on June 23,” she said.
Learners in the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields/Esperance regions will take practical driving assessments with DPI from June 23, while all other regional areas in the State will change a week earlier, on June 16.
“The two-stage approach has been adopted to allow for all the relevant systems to be properly aligned and to give learners sufficient time to get acquainted with the new arrangements,” Ms Ravlich said.
“By July, WA Police will only conduct driving assessments in agreed isolated areas and at remote indigenous communities where multi-functional policing facilities are located.
“To ensure an appropriate level of licensing services is maintained, DPI has appointed additional staff members at regional offices who can undertake driver licence assessment duties as well as other regional duties.
“DPI has also recruited a number of contract driving assessors who will visit regional and rural communities on a regular basis to undertake assessments.”
Learners in regional and rural areas who wish to book a practical driving assessment can do so by contacting any of the following:
· Licensing Contact Centre on 13 11 56;
· nearest DPI regional office; or
· nearest participating licensing agent.
Ms Ravlich said the DPI was taking bookings for assessments now and learners were encouraged to make their bookings as early as possible, as this would increase their chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.
DPI had already made direct contact with a number of affected groups as well as individual learners and would continue to provide information sessions across the State to further explain how the new arrangements would operate in each area.
Further information on the new arrangements can be obtained from: http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/regionaldrivers.
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