Victoria's adoption of a Graduated Licensing System (GLS) in 2007 has resulted in fewer deaths and injuries, Roads Minister Terry Mulder said this week.
Officially an estimate, Mr Mulder said the impact of the system translates to seven fewer deaths, 100 fewer serious injuries and 268 fewer minor injuries each year.
"The reduction in deaths and injuries arising from collisions, not only saves pain and grief for the people directly affected, but also the thousands of friends and family who suffer as a flow on effect," Mr Mulder said.
The minister said casualty crashes among first-year drivers aged 18 to 20 had fallen by 23 percent, and first-year drivers involved in fatal and serious injury crashes has fallen by 31 percent.
"This result is statistically significant and equates to 240 fewer drivers involved in casualty crashes per annum," he said.
He added that Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) figures show that the cost of road crashes has fallen by over $40 million per year.
The Graduated Licensing System was introduced in stages in 2007-2008 and includes:
- a minimum 12 month learner permit period
- a minimum 120 hours of on-road supervised driving experience as a learner for those aged under 21 years;
- a new and more challenging on-road driving test to get a probationary licence;
- an increase of the probationary period from three to four years (P1 for one year and P2 for three years) for those aged under 21 years;
- a ban on all forms of mobile use by learner and P1 drivers;
- P1 drivers limited to one peer passenger (16 to 21 years);
- an extension of the zero blood alcohol limit from three to four years to align with the P1 and P2 licence phases;
- new probationary prohibited-vehicle restrictions;
- re-licenced drink drivers aged up to 26 years or on P plates must drive a vehicle fitted with an alcohol ignition interlock to prevent re-offending; and
- a range of educational support measures.