Mentor Wayne Waretini hands over the keys to Mowai Salu ahead of a Community Driver Mentor Programme session.
Volunteers are being sought to help young drivers get on the road following the launch of a new programme.
A new community-based driving programme in Huntly and Ngaruawahia has been set up to help young people to gain their restricted licence.
Managed by Waikato District Council and Waka Trust, the organisations are on the lookout of volunteer mentors. The Community Driver Mentor Programme was established by the NZ Transport Agency to address barriers that learner drivers in the 16-24 age group may face.
The programme is designed to enable local communities to help these young learners who have already completed the learner phase of their licence independently to gain their restricted licence and improve their levels of safe driving.It does this by providing experience in a wide range of driving situations with an experienced, licensed driving mentor and in a registered and warranted vehicle.
Waka Trust's co-ordinator Lenora McDonald said the role of a mentor will be rewarding.
"It's an exciting opportunity to help a young person along their path towards becoming a safe driver on our roads," she said.
"There is bound to be such a sense of pride knowing that you have had a part to play when the young person gets their licence."
Mayor Allan Sanson endorsed the project and said he would love to see local mentors get involved.
"A driving licence also plays a key role in gaining employment," he said.
"With the Waikato district growing at the rate it is, employment opportunities are increasing and anything that can help our young people into the work force is most welcome."
To become a mentor, a commitment of three hours a week up to 15 weeks is required
A vehicle is provided and training and support is given to mentors.
For more information, call Lenora on 027 700 2089.
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