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Teaching 12-year-olds to drive: Nationals MP calls for mandatory driving lessons

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Students as young as 12-years-old should be taught how to drive in specialist driver training schools to reduce the road toll across the country, a Nationals MP says.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is calling for a nationwide program similar to one run by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS).

He told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive young people should be taught how to drive in difficult conditions and it should be mandatory.

“You are not just teaching novice drivers how to drive you are teaching them how dangerous driving is,” he told Tom Elliott.

“You do the theory and then as the course moves on they get practical knowledge and skills.

“What I’m talking about is educating young novice drivers from a young age to teach them the whole theory about driving a vehicle and the dangers of it and making sure they are proficient drivers once they are licensed.”

He said it should be part of the school curriculum.

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