Non-Victorian Licences questioned

February 20, 2019

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has today questioned the Minister for Roads and Road Safety in Parliament about self-drive visitors to the Great Ocean Road region who do not have a current Victorian Licence.

“Can the Minister tell the people of Polwarth what steps she is taking to ensure that road users and pedestrians are protected from some non-Victorian licence holders, who are driving on unverified licences for the first time on the Great Ocean Road,” Mr Riordan said.

“Following a gut wrenching community meeting at Apollo Bay hosted by myself and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson many people right across my electorate are calling for some form of monitoring of tourists who come to Victoria to drive the Great Ocean Road.”

“VicRoads information shows that over 21% of road incidents in the Great Ocean Road region are due to non-Victorian licence holders. On Friday night speaker after speaker, bus drivers, mothers, fathers, policeman, first responders and tour operators all gave harrowing accounts of what is happening on a daily basis.

“VicRoads only recognises the licences from 27 other countries for normal accreditation purposes. Young Australian drivers need 120 hours of practice before they can drive. The TAC claims to want a zero road toll.

“In the Electorate of Polwarth over 20% of recorded accidents are caused by people who the authorities ordinarily would not let drive on our roads, let alone the wildly difficult Great Ocean Road and its hinterland,” Mr Riordan said.

There are now very low cost technologies that could be used, that would make a big difference to the safety of locals and visitors alike.