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Make existing early drivers licence legislation accessible to Queensland youths and stop Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) from making it impossible to attain

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Rick Nuttall
Taroona Court

Total Signatures - 280

Sponsoring Member: Mr Andrew Powell MP

Posting Date: 23/07/2020

Closing Date: 5/02/2021

Tabled Date: 23/02/2021

Referred To Hon Mark Bailey MP on 25/02/2021

Response Due: 25/03/2021

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House section 20 of the Drivers Licensing Regulation 2010 ordains early licences for youths to access employment and educational opportunities directly as a result of community consultation, resulting in particular safety measures. TMR have been hiding the legislation from the Queensland public's eye. They are not applying the intent of the legislation by unduly denying the few applications received, making it impossible for Queensland youths to access early licences for employment / education purposes. TMR are being unreasonable in assessing when an applicant has no other transport reasonably available to them and causing severe hardship on the young people who miss out on jobs or education, causing the loss of opportunity, self-development, education and financial independence.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to cause and direct TMR to:

  1. Apply legislation as intended so Queensland youths can access employment / education opportunities and reduce Queensland's youth unemployment rate of 24.8%;
  2. Deem that the loss of employment / education does constitute as 'severe hardship' to the youth;
  3. Apply assessments of 'no other transport being reasonably available', in a manner which is fair, reasonable, logical and according to what an ordinary person would perceive as appropriate, considering the amount of travel time, distance, cost and burden upon the youth and their family;
  4. Make this legislation suitably accessible to the public, place it on their website and train staff; and
  5. Make the application process easily accessible, straight forward and timely.