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    ONLINE OPTION: St Brigid’s College student Jed Consedine will apply for his learner permit virtually following the accelerated roll-out of a new online test. Jed, 16, said he was looking forward to sitting the test online. “You can do it in your own time,” he said. “It should be good.” Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Learner driver tests go online

Prospective learner drivers in the Wimmera will join others across the state in being able to take their learner-driver permit test any time and anywhere.

The State Government has accelerated its Learner Permit Test Online system.

More than 10,000 aspiring young drivers who have had to postpone their learner’s test due to COVID-19 circuit-breaker restrictions have priority access to register for the online test. 

Authorities have assured them they will not have to wait weeks to re-book.

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The new Learner Permit Test Online opened to all learner drivers from across the state on Monday.

The new test includes a mix of theory, interactive videos and visual graphics to reinforce road-safety messages, with mini quizzes to progressively test learners’ knowledge. 

This comes through learning modules focusing on road-safety education including speed, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and road rules.

To access the test, learner drivers will need to create a myVicRoads personal account and have access to a compatible electronic device. 

Expectations are the course and test will take between four and six hours to complete, with prospective learners having 12 months to sit and pass the test after registering.

When the learner drivers have successfully completed their online course and assessment, they will need to attend a VicRoads Customer Service Centre – depending on restrictions – to confirm their identity, have their photo taken and complete an eyesight check.

The government has rolled out the Learner Permit Test Online in stages across Victoria since April this year, with statewide access originally scheduled for late June.

Outside coronavirus restriction periods, customers can still sit the Learner Permit Test in person at VicRoads Customer Service.

Roads Minister Ben Carroll said the government had worked hard behind the scenes to accelerate the statewide roll-out of the new Learner Permit Test Online.

“Hundreds of young drivers have already successfully passed the test online from the comfort of their own home – and good luck to all sitting the test in the coming weeks,” he said.

People can find out more about the Learner Permit Test Online at website

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