Young drivers’ patience is being rewarded with driver-testing back at full capacity from July, thanks to easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said all young learner and P-plate drivers are able to book a driver test online, via phone or in a Service NSW Centre.

“This is great news for our young drivers as the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been rigorous,” Mr Anderson said.

“But thanks to patience and discipline shown by local communities, Service NSW has been able to reintroduce driver testing.

“Appropriate safeguards will remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, such as disposable seat covers, hand sanitiser and gloves.

“Customers will also need to sign a statutory declaration confirming they are well enough to take the test.

“Drivers and riders who want to progress from P1 to P2 and then on to an unrestricted licence can now do so online.

“Now there is a simpler, faster and more COVID-safe way of moving from one licence level to the next.

“Getting your licence for the first time is a major milestone for a young person, especially in the country where public transport is not as readily available.

“Many of our young people also rely on their licence for employment, recreation or just catching up with family and friends.”

As driver testing was closed for three months due to COVID-19, Service NSW is expecting a high demand for this service. An additional 50 driver testers have been hired across the state to increase the number of tests available to customers.

For more information on driver testing please visit www.service.nsw.gov.au.