Program saving young lives on roads needs your help!

Many young people find it difficult to complete the 50 hours of driving experience now required for a Western Australian Driver’s Licence.

This might be because they haven’t got access to an appropriate vehicle, or a qualified person to spend all of those hours in the passenger seat.

The RYDE program connects Learner Drivers with Volunteer Mentors and a Program vehicle, so they can get their Licence and all of the opportunities that come with it.

It was initially developed by the Town of Bassendean in response to the increased number of driving experience hours now required under WA Law.

However the RYDE program now runs in various locations including the South West and locally, it is in need of more Mentors.

While the increased experience hours is aimed at reducing the number of crashes involving novice drivers, it has had an unfortunate side effect of marginalising young people with limited access to suitable vehicles or people to help them learn.

Mentors are the key to the success of RYDE, helping young people become more responsible and independent.

The Mentor role can be a rewarding experience as you support young people achieve their 50 log book hours, share knowledge about negotiating the roads, and build supportive relationships with young people.

The manual car supplied is fully insured and maintained. Full training is provided and associated costs covered.

Suitable applicants will be required to attend an interview then complete a driving session with our partnered driving school and complete an online induction.

For more information or to contact South West RYDE call the Program Manager on 0419 730 550 or southwestryde@gmail.com

And if you are interested in finding out more about the RYDE program as a participant, visit the program website: https://ryde.org.au/