LEARNER drivers in town will be getting a better start to their driving in a brand new Toyota Yaris thanks to the Moama Bowling Club and Echuca Toyota.
The Campaspe L2P program assists Victorian learner drivers who would otherwise not be able to undertake supervised driving and achieve their 120 logged hours.
And now the mentors and their learner drivers will be cruising in comfort with the Yaris replacing the previous car.
“It’s a great thing to improve the safety of our drivers and mentors with a newer vehicle,” Lead On Echuca Moama chair Jenny Wright said.
“And it’s great to have a speedo which is easy to see from the passenger and rear seats so students can use the vehicle to go for their driving test if they need to.”
The program has been run by Lead On Echuca Moama since its inception in 2010 to provide Victorians aged 16-21 with a current learner permit the opportunity to learn to drive if they do not have access to a vehicle or suitable adult to teach them to drive.
“We have been sponsors since the beginning of the program, from our perspective we back the community in ensuring that young learner drivers get as many hours as they can to successfully obtain their P plates,” Moama Bowling Club marketing and sales manager George Santos said.
“Overall I think it is a tremendous asset to our community to have youngsters who would not normally have the opportunity to do so via this program.
“We think it’s great that the volunteers are willing to give up so much of their time but overall it’s about getting the learner drivers tutored for their licence so it’s a valuable thing for our community to have.”
Echuca Toyota dealer principal John Merritt said the team was proud to be a part of the community sponsorship.
“It’s just a great opportunity to give back to the Echuca community and support such an important program in town,” he said.
“It’s something that everyone in the dealership takes pride in.”
Campaspe L2P has had 307 learners and 92 mentors who have logged 9910 hours, 123 learners have gained their licence through the program.