How to get a driving school license
The NSW Government has announced it is going to review the way it licenses driving schools.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The Government announced in April it would be reviewing the way licensing requirements were being applied to driving schools in order to improve “safeguards against the proliferation of the type of fraudulent and manipulative practices that pose a significant risk to public safety”.
The review was expected to take a year, and it was due to be completed by the end of 2020.
However, on Tuesday, NSW Attorney-General Peter Ryan announced the Government was now going to be reviewing how it applies licensing requirements to driving academies.
“The Government recognises that many schools and driving schools operate without any formal licensing regime,” Mr Ryan said.
However, he did not explain why the Government wanted to review how it applied licensing requirements for driving schools, and the review would not include any suggestions on whether licensing requirements should be reduced.
He said the review was still being completed and the final decision would be made “in due course”.
Mr Ryan said the Government had already changed the way schools were licensed.
Previously, schools had to apply for a licence through the Police Commissioner, a process that involved the application for a special license and a $3 fee.
The new NSW licensing scheme will see all drivers and their parents get their own licences.
Mr Wilson said it was a significant shift in the licensing system, which had been “over-criminalised”.
“I believe it is in the best interests of the people who use these schools, but also the people in charge of these schools that we take this opportunity to review it so that we can ensure that schools operate as safely and responsibly as possible,” he said.
“It is also in the interests of those who would come into these schools and use these cars and drive them in unsafe ways.”
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Wilson said the government had no plans to remove the licensing requirements applied to schools and drivers in the new NSW system.
Instead, the new system will see “a review of how the requirements for a driving licence are applied to school and driving school drivers”, he said, but he did confirm the review had not been completed.
In April, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the State Government was reviewing licensing requirements, with the aim of “reducing the number of fraudulent licences and the threat of those fraudulent licences being used to conduct unlawful activities”.
“We are also making changes to the licensing scheme that will make it easier for people to get driving licences in NSW,” Ms Berejkian said.
“In addition, we will be introducing a new system that will provide the opportunity for drivers to get their driving licences without having to go through a lengthy process of application and a licence.
New NSW Government policies in the lead up to the new state government will see drivers in NSW getting a driving test, a driving instructor licence and driving permit, which are currently issued to people with driving experience.