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Funds boost for rural driver’s licence programme

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THE Government has committed an extra $600,000 in funding to support driver licensing and education programmes in rural communities across Aotearoa, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.
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PLAN: The Government-funded $600,000 injection will be used to partner with community providers to deliver rural-focused driver licensing and education, which will include free driving lessons.

THE Government has committed an extra $600,000 in funding to support driver licensing and education programmes in rural communities across Aotearoa, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has announced.

The funding, provided by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), will be spread over three years to boost the Waka Kotahi Community Road Safety Fund.

The money will be used to partner with community providers to deliver rural-focused driver licensing and education, which will include free driving lessons.

The aim is to help people to get jobs in the food and fibre sector and learn how to drive safely.

“Everyone deserves the chance to have the independence that comes with obtaining a full driver’s licence, and the job opportunities this can provide,” O’Connor said.

People in rural communities face higher barriers to getting their driver’s licence than those in our urban centres.

These include difficulties with accessing driver licence training.

“Increasing access to driver training and supporting more people in rural communities to get their full licence will also help make our roads safer for everyone who uses them,” Transport Minister Michael Wood said.

“It will complement driver licensing programmes already under way across the regions. By offering driver training specific to rural people, we’re supporting connections with rural employers and getting more people on their way to getting their full licence.”

O’Connor said this work builds on previous work funded by MPI earlier this year to help migrants in Mid Canterbury to get their driver’s licence and supports the Government’s goal of boosting jobs in the food and fibre sector.

“A central goal of our Fit for a Better World roadmap and our Opportunity Grows Here campaign is boosting food and fibre sector jobs for Kiwis,” O’Connor said.

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