Gemma Robinson, who turns 18 in November, mentioned she was annoyed about not taking a driving lesson throughout lockdown.
“I’m a good distance off with my hours in the intervening time,” she mentioned. “It is one thing I wish to get as quickly as I can.”
With solely 30 hours of apply accrued, Gemma is not certain how lengthy it is going to take her to qualify to take the take a look at.
“Even little issues like having the ability to drive to the grocery store, I am unable to try this as a result of just one particular person is ready to go on the one time,” she mentioned.
Mr Andrews mentioned his 18-year-old son Noah was in the identical state of affairs as tens of 1000’s of different Victorian teenagers unable to take a take a look at or accrue the complete hours.
“It’s a really vital problem … there’s a backlog there, and we’re going to have to take a look at completely different preparations for testing,” he mentioned.
“We’re going to must make some very tough judgments about if we keep on with the present hours. I’m not foreshadowing a distinct place, however we’re all these issues.
“We would like folks to have that independence, freedom and mobility that comes from getting their P-plates.”
With driving exams usually booked out properly upfront, Gemma mentioned she was anticipating an extended wait to get an appointment as soon as restrictions are lifted.
That might have penalties for individuals who want a automotive to go to school subsequent 12 months, she mentioned.
“They’ll be booked out for thus lengthy, there are numerous who had exams booked in earlier than lockdown who will get precedence,” she mentioned.
After a tricky 12 months 12 studying from dwelling, Gemma mentioned not getting her licence would imply lacking out on independence of turning into an grownup.
“Having your licence it offers you plenty of freedom, you possibly can go locations with your mates you are not tied down,” she mentioned.
Gemma’s mom, Cathy, mentioned she would not need the requirement to get 120 apply hours modified however hopes learners will probably be allowed out on to the roads quickly.
“The roads are quiet, it is an optimum time to get them out on the highway and get their confidence up,” she mentioned.
“And you are not leaving your automotive, you are not interacting with anybody else.”
In April, in the beginning of Melbourne’s lockdown, 17-year-old Hunter Reynolds was pulled over by police about 20 minutes right into a drive along with her mom on the Peninsula Hyperlink in Frankston, and advised she was “too removed from dwelling”.
She was initially fined because of the driving apply being thought of non-essential journey, however the infringement was later dropped.
Tom Cowie is a journalist at The Age masking basic information.