Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey has announced the statewide launch of the digital learner driver logbook as an alternative to the outdated paper version.
“This move is about bringing the logbook experience into the digital age. Any parent or learner would agree it’s time for a system that taps into the latest technology to become more user-friendly,” Mrs Pavey said.
All learner drivers are now able to use one of three apps – Licence Ready, Roundtrip and L2P – to log the required 120 hours of driving practice and then submit their logbook electronically with RMS.
Parents and learner drivers are tired of having to manually enter their hours of driving, so by transitioning to a digital format we hope to make this process more user friendly.
Earlier this year the NSW Government held a trial for 100 Western Sydney and regional NSW learner drivers to test a set of chosen applications. Now after a series of fine-tuning and technical advancements all learner drivers in NSW will have the option to make the switch from paper to smartphones.
The apps are designed not to distract learner drivers or their supervisors while driving and ensure learners abide by all applicable road rules relating to the use of mobile phones in vehicles.
The apps include a ‘set and forget’ feature where learners can start their logged drive on the app before getting in the car, and it will record their drive in the background.
We want to ensure learner drivers can focus on the important task of acquiring the skills and experience to become safe drivers.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the digital initiative is a great example of the NSW Government making life easier for people by embracing technology.
“We are committed to delivering initiatives that are fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. There are already a range of apps that assist motorists so it makes sense to utilise technology to improve the learner driver experience,” Mr Dominello said.
· Verify a learner’s valid licence
· Verify a supervisor/instructor valid licence
· Electronically submit their digital log book to RMS when at their local Service NSW centre.
In addition to logging hours and verifying details, the apps make use of GPS tracking, automated weather conditions, profile set up as well as summary dashboards.
Learner drivers will be able to work with their supervisors to choose which app suits them best to help build their driver competencies. When not driving learners can also make use of extra features such as video learning content, goal setting and lesson planning.
Licence Ready, Roundtrip and L2P digital log book apps are now available for free download through the Android Play and Apple app stores.
Customers can speak to their local Service NSW outlet to find out more about how they can start using the Learner driver digital log book today.
Further information on the learner driver log books can also be found at the RMS websitehttp://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/