RACQ reminded parents and learner drivers they could access a free driving lesson through the Keys2Drive program.
RACQ reminded parents and learner drivers they could access a free driving lesson through the Keys2Drive program. Kevin Farmer

Thousands of learner drivers risking lives behind the wheel

RACQ has slammed learner drivers who openly disregarded the law, after new figures revealed thousands of L-platers were caught driving without proper supervision.

Data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads was analysed by RACQ and has revealed 9706 learner drivers had been charged committing unaccompanied driving offences between February 2017 and January 2019.

RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said 8749 L-platers had been pulled over by police for driving without supervision, 858 were under the supervision of someone without an open licence, and 99 were under the direction of someone not seated beside them.

"These are shocking statistics and there's no excuse for this type of behaviour,” Ms Hunter said.

"While we understand many new drivers are keen to get behind the wheel, driving isn't a right, it's a privilege and a huge responsibility.

"Most learners are under the age of 25 and we know people in that age group are already over-represented when it comes to road deaths and serious injuries, so it's vital our least experienced motorists are getting the right supervision before hitting the road on their own.

"It's really scary thousands of Queenslanders with no experience have been driving unaccompanied on our roads, risking not only their own lives but the lives of others.”

Ms Hunter reminded parents and learners they could access a free driving lesson through the Keys2Drive program which could help iron out any queries they had about the road rules and the safest driver behaviours for young motorists.

"This program gives learner drivers a free driving lesson with a qualified instructor, so learners and their supervisors can be in the car together, learning at the same time,” she said.

"It's important instructors and new drivers remember becoming competent behind the wheel isn't just about ticking off a requirement, it's about gaining experience in a range of situations and conditions.”