Young regional Victorians being paid to trade in their old clunkers


The Victorian State Authorities is paying cash-strapped younger drivers, based mostly in regional areas, $5000 to ditch their unsafe previous automobile and change it with one thing newer. 

Minister for Roads Ben Carroll just lately introduced the plan to increase a taxpayer-funded trial program that kicked off final yr within the regional centres of Ballarat and Bendigo. 

This system is relatively surprisingly referred to as ‘unsafe2safe’, and is now taking functions throughout all of nation Victoria, which means areas that aren’t in Larger Melbourne.

This newest part of the trial program will give a $5000 subsidy to 150 younger drivers aged 18 to 25 with VicRoads accounts, serving to them ditch their previous clunker aged 16 years or over for one thing newer – and possibly safer. The cutoff this time is September 4.

The tremendous print stipulates relevant clunker autos should not solely date to 2006 or earlier, however should additionally have a crash score of 1 or two stars – or be unrated.

The alternative newer automobile should in flip be lower than 10 years previous, value lower than $30,000, not be a repaired write-off, and carry a prime ANCAP rating or a used automobile security score of at the very least 4 stars.

The used automobile score program is a product of the Monash College Accident Analysis Centre.

The 150 contributors can be chosen at random – relatively than means examined – from the listing of candidates, at which level they’ll take their relevant automobile to a collaborating supplier and commerce it for a more moderen model. 

These chosen will then pay the distinction between the supplier value and the $5000 subsidy, with the previous automobile taken away and scrapped.

This implies if stated older automobile is value greater than $5000, the younger driver in query could be higher off promoting it themselves and side-stepping this system. 

“Scrapping removes the automobile from the fleet which means we don’t switch the protection threat to a different individual,” an explainer video embedded above claims. 

The complete $6.9 million trial’s final goal, says the State Authorities, is to switch as much as 1000 automobiles which might be greater than 16 years previous, and have poor security scores.

Victoria’s Street Security Technique 2021- 2030 focuses on teams which might be over-represented in street trauma: teams equivalent to younger drivers, who’re statistically on the biggest threat of being concerned in a crash of their first few years of solo driving.

The rationale for the agricultural focus? Crash stats present younger regional Victorians driving older automobiles are 15 instances extra more likely to be killed in crashes in contrast with the general State common. 

“We all know that value is an actual barrier for a lot of younger Victorians in terms of selecting a protected and fashionable automobile – that’s the reason this program is vital in guaranteeing they decide a automobile with options that might finally save their life,” argued Minister Carroll. 

“Round 70 per cent of people that have misplaced their lives on our roads had been in autos greater than ten years previous and being in a safer automobile could make the distinction between ending up in hospital or avoiding a crash altogether.”

Including to this was the pinnacle of Victoria’s Regional Transport Division Paul Northey, who stated “From Bannockburn and Buloke throughout to Gippsland and Shepparton, younger regional Victorians can now apply to participate within the unsafe2safe trial and head out on the roads extra safely.”

“We’ve a world-class Graduated Licensing System that ensures drivers progressively construct the abilities wanted to drive safely, combining this with fashionable automobile security options means we will decrease the danger of younger individuals being harm or killed on our roads,” he added.

Whereas this isn’t sometimes the place for editorialising, it’s our view that Australia’s licensing system is flawed. You’ll be able to learn our look into the necessity for larger deal with driver coaching applications for younger drivers right here, in our speak with driver coach and media character Steve Pizzati. 

Even with automobiles getting safer with each passing yr, Victoria’s street toll is tragically up this yr to 148 deaths to this point in 2022, in comparison with 130 individuals on the identical time in 2021. 

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