Licensing comments welcomed


COMMUNITY involvement in the P-plate debate will make the roads safer, according to Ballina Shire Council road safety officer Stephen Bocking.

Mr Bocking said he welcomed the State Government's attempts to get the public involved in protecting young drivers because it would help set higher standards of road safety.

On Monday, the State Government called for community response to 11 proposed initiatives designed to cut the road toll for young drivers.

"I support the robust discussion about these reforms because the more community involvement about these options, the better result we will have in the end," Mr Bocking said.

"It is important we discuss all the options and more. We need to take a holistic approach and discuss as a community what are acceptable standards on the roads.

"It is definitely a step in the right direction. We need to look at the question of road safety on a broad scale, and the Government has certainly opened up ground for discussion."

The discussion paper containing the 11 proposals and opportunity to comment is available at

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