Licence testing resumes

LEARNER permit and licence testing – including drive tests – resumed across regional Victoria on Monday, in line with the state government’s reopening plans.

Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said licencing operations resumed as regional Victoria had progressed to the third step along the path towards “COVID normal”.

The first priority under the staged resumption will be to re-book tests for those in regional Victoria whose appointments were postponed in March because of the initial coronavirus restrictions.

The Chief Health Officer has outlined a range of measures to allow drive testing to begin safely for the workforce and public across regional Victoria.

No one should be taking driving tests if they are unwell.

Regional customers with postponed appointments will be contacted by VicRoads directly to reschedule their tests in the order of cancellation, and new appointments will be available once the backlog of postponed tests is cleared.

For those who need extra time to accrue more hours of supervised driving practice before sitting tests, they can re-book their tests without losing their place in the queue.

Tests across Victoria were initially suspended in March.

Testing briefly resumed in June when restrictions eased, before being suspended again for regional Victoria on August 5.

This has left about 5000 licensing appointments postponed across regional Victoria, with an additional 25,000 people unable to book new tests since testing has been suspended. VicRoads anticipates taking new bookings in November.

While tests have been suspended, VicRoads has been offering licence tests for people who would have faced undue hardship from not having their learner permits or licences. This option will continue to be available until the availability of new appointments returns to normal.

VicRoads is also investigating options to increase access to online registration and licencing services.

While VicRoads customer service centres remain open, people should not visit unless their issues are urgent, and are being encouraged to complete transactions online.

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