We need better education for international drivers

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says something must be done to ensure international drivers have the skills needed to drive on Australian roads.

Her call comes after a horror few days on the region’s roads, where international drivers were involved in two separate accidents one in Portland and one on the Great Ocean Road.

She said while international tourism plays a huge role in the local economy, it was imperative we ensure those who want to drive on our roads have the skills they need and not put themselves or other road users in danger.

“Driving in Australia is completely different to driving in other parts of the world. It’s irresponsible not to ensure international have the skills they need to be able to drive safely,” she said.

“On Saturday I witnessed international tourists attempting to turn onto the wrong side of Raglan Parade and I know it’s not the first time this has happened. It is dangerous and we need to do something to address it, it could be something as simple as arrows painted on the road surface at intersections.

“Visitors are incredibly important for our local economy, but the last thing anyone wants is people being injured or killed because of silly mistakes made on the roads.”

Mrs Britnell said the State Government’s international driver education campaign did not go far enough and needs to do more than leave reading materials in hire cars. It needs to include some sort of road familiarisation before international drivers get behind the wheel.

“The self-drive tourism model is booming and will only continue to grow, so we need to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe on the roads.”

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