It won’t be long and we will all be out buying our practice hams getting ready for the festive season.
Despite 2018 rapidly drawing to a close, there is still a lot going on in our world.
You can see the highlights below:
For those of you at our Conference, I am sure you would agree that the presentation by Andrew Mahon was both informative and future focused.
Andrew outlined how PrepL would work at our Conference. He also recently contacted the ADTA and informed us that Minister, Mark Bailey MP, had officially announced the launch of this innovative learner assessment program.
Andrew explained that the current written test will still be available for a period of at least 6 months with a view to PrepL becoming mandatory after that.
TMR expressed their gratitude at previous committee members from ADTAQ for their input into the design of this program.
Essentially PrepL is a format that young people will relate to and allows them to study at their own pace using multiple devices to complete an online learning module instead of simply “studying” to pass a test. Learners will be able to access the program from 15 years and 11 months allowing sufficient time to complete PrepL and will
then be issued with their Learners Permit on their 16th birthday.
TMR has set the cost for the program at the same price as the current written test, however, instead of the current pay per test approach, the single payment enrols the applicant for up to 12 months. This means the learner can study, be assessed and if necessary has plenty of time to do a bit more study before being reassessed.
A person completing the course on another person’s behalf will be fined up to $5,220. The Minister is keen to point out that the new process encourages discussion with family members during the e-Learning process and its hoped that this will lead to an overall improvement in community road law awareness.
fully supports TMR and Minister Bailey with this innovative program and can see that it will lead to increased engagement on a platform that future drivers are comfortable working in.
SNSW are excited at the progress of the rollout of the NSW digital drivers licence. In preparation for the rollout statewide, the trial of the digital driver licence is ongoing in the greater Dubbo region and also in selective postcodes in Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.
If you are a business operating in this area, or if you have students in this area we have attached a brochure from SNSW titled “How to verify the digital drivers’ licence” Click here to view
Takata Air Bags
For over 12 months now, the ADTA has been advising instructors to check on the relevant website and have their airbags rectified as a matter of extreme urgency. Both SNSW and TMR are now refusing to take certain vehicles on driving tests.
Please see below quotes from both of the regulators concerning this issue:
Management from TMR has advised the ADTA that their position is:
“Driver trainers should note that prior to taking a vehicle out for a Practical Driving Test (PDT) it will be
checked to see if it has been affected by the Takata airbag recall. If the vehicle is recorded as being fitted with an affected airbag, the customer will be asked provide evidence that the airbag has been replaced. If evidence of this can’t be provided, due to safety concerns, the customer will be advised that the vehicles is unable to be used for a driving test.”
Whilst management from SNSW in a similar vein have said:
“We will be terminating Driving test on Vehicles that are affected by the Takata ‘Alpha” airbag recall. A notification at time of booking states:
If your vehicle has an airbag affected by the Takata airbag recall, you’ll need to have this replaced before your
test, otherwise, your driver test won’t take place. Check https://ismyairbagsafe.com.au/ if your vehicle is affected.”
This issue affects the safety of both the driver and passengers in the vehicle which may include one of the testing officers from the regulator in your state.
Some states have already started the process of cancelling registrations on these cars as they are seen as being defective.
The ADTA firmly backs both TMR and SNSW in this matter as we see it as a potential safety hazard for
instructors, students and testing officers.
If you have not had your airbag rectified, we would strongly suggest you make this matter of extreme priority.
The trio from SNSW; David Pracy, Jordan Appleby and Ranjit Singh were able to answer many questions from our interactive chat from our audience on the day. Due to the Conference being held right on the border, there were a couple of cross border issues that the Service team wanted to research before giving definitive answers.
You will find the questions and their official answers below:
Can an interstate Driving Instructor enter instructional hours in a NSW learner log book?
Any hours of practical driving can be recorded, eg 1 hour of instruction equals 1 hour entry in the log book. However;
NSW will not recognise any driving experience obtained through an interstate learner driver program which accredits ‘non driving’ hours towards the required 120 hours of driving experience.
Odometer entries in a learner log book:
If an applicant has entered “trip” readings in place of the odometer readings in the learner log book, the test would be conducted. We would not be looking for a reason not to test the applicant. Similarly, if an applicant has lost their logbook, then a replacement log book is issued. The applicant is told to re
enter the information, to the best of their knowledge and in this case the trip readings would be accepted.
For those of you who are delivering VET training, you will need to upgrade your TAE Qual before April next year. There are a number of delivery methods which are a combination of classroom, assignment, or distance based models.
The ADTA has had discussions with a number of providers and we have listed these below:
Do you need to upgrade?
If you are a facilitator for the Safer Driver Course, you will need to have the new qualification in place. Also if you are accredited by Work Safe to do
forklifts, or other HRV assessments you will also need to upgrade your qualification.
In QLD if you are an MC assessor (as this requires the issue of a UOC) you will also need to upgrade.
We are awaiting the new draft agreement from RMS to see whether HV Licencing will remain in the VET space, however I would personally recommend that if you currently hold your TAE qualification it would be foolish not to upgrade it and potentially see it expire in the future.
ACTM: A blended delivery of the nationally recognised qualification in which Ron and Cheryl Maling have contextualised. Contact: 07 5546
Blueprint Career Development: Susan from Blueprint is offering courses in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney. These are a 2 day “locked away course”. You will need to do the LLN unit online before you go. Contact: 1300 851550
The TAE10 to TAE16 upgrade is dependeant on the qualifications you currently hold and accordingly you will need to provide copies of your current qualifications to your potential training provider.
Please note the ADTA does not endorse any of these providors, we are giving ongoing conact details for TAE providers as we find them.
Sunshine Coast Uni
Our friends Bridie Scott-Parker and Natalie Watson-Brown from CADROSSA left a great impact on all attendees at Conference this year. The ladies have asked for input from driving instructors to help in their research. This survey will close on December 16th and we know they would really appreciate if you could take a few minutes of your time in completing the survey by clicking here,
NSW HV Instructors
The time for submissions regarding the review of HVCBA has now closed and all submissions are being collated and looked at by RMS. For those of you who have lodged your own submissions or sent submissions through your Association, the RMS is grateful.
I am sure that we are all looking forward to seeing the results of this consultation and the make up of the new agreement when RMS releases it.
Upcoming Course Dates Safer Driver Course
FACILITATOR: Tuesday 4th December 2018 COACH: Wednesday 5th December 2018