A new mentoring program for young regional drivers will launch in the Southwest later this year.
The Regional Youth Development Education (RYDE) program will be hosted by The City of Bunbury Regional Library, and hopes to begin in October.
RYDE helps young people to complete their required 50 hours of supervised driving experience with volunteer driving mentors.
The program was developed to help young drivers achieve their licence, and overcome obstacles such as limited access to an appropriate vehicle, or not having a qualified person to spend the required hours in the passenger seat.
The RYDE program seeks to use technology in the areas of; induction, communication, bookings, payments and risk management to deliver a sustainable program model.
This technology will now be accessible at the library.
Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said the City is proud to support the RYDE program.
“Obtaining a driver’s licence is a rite-of-passage for our young people and unfortunately for some it is difficult to meet the 50 hours of driving experience required,” Cr Miguel said.
“The RYDE program is a great way to help these young people achieve this important milestone.”
For more information, please visit https://ryde.org.au/