TAC L2P Driver Mentors
The TAC L2P program is up and running again in regional Victoria. COVID-19 protocols are in place to protect learners and volunteers.
The TAC L2P Program is a joint partnership between VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission, supported by the Victorian Government. This community-based program aims to provide the opportunity for young people, who face a significant barrier in acquiring the mandatory 120 hours of supervised driving, to achieve their probationary licence with the support of a skilled volunteer driver mentor.
CHIRP delivers the TAC L2P Program in the Mount Alexander Shire.
Why become a Driver Mentor?
Mentoring is a relationship where a more experienced person helps a less experienced person achieve their goals. Driver mentors provide very practical support by helping a young person achieve their goal of 120 hours of mandatory driving practice before going for their driving test.
For a young person, having a driver’s licence, particularly in a regional area, opens up employment, training and social opportunities. In addition, research has found that 120 hours of driving practice can significantly reduce the likelihood of crash involvement for young drivers.
As well as this, the program provides an opportunity to link a generous community member to others in need of support and time.
“I have really enjoyed my role as a driver mentor and the spin offs that come from that in terms of assisting a mentee with learning about life issues.” TAC L2P Volunteer
What is involved in becoming a Driver Mentor?
In preparation for the role, driver mentors undertake the VicRoads TAC L2P training course and become a volunteer of CHIRP Community Health. Mentors and learners will have access to the CHIRP Community Health vehicle and all running costs, including insurance, are covered by the program.
Prior to young people being matched with TAC L2P mentors, all learner drivers are assessed by a professional driving instructor to ensure they are at a standard of safely handling a vehicle.
Learners are encouraged to have weekly drives of one hour duration but there is much flexibility in how often learners and their mentors practise driving. The match continues until the learner feels ready to go for their driving test. The driver mentor can also support them through this.
“It’s been fun, educative, stimulating and thoroughly worthwhile.” TAC L2P Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming an TAC L2P mentor, please complete the volunteer interest form. Alternatively, you could call us on (03) 5479 1000 and ask to speak to the TAC L2P Program Coordinator.
Please note that all of our volunteers must undergo comprehensive screening checks including a police check and a Victorian Working with Children Check prior to commencing volunteering with us.