Under a proposal of new road safety measures, Queensland motorists could be required to complete an online course on changes to road rules when renewing their licences.
The state’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the government was considering the introduction of a “refresher course” on road rules for people who are renewing their drivers licence.
The online course is a just one of a range of suggested measures following the Road Safety Roundtable held earlier this year, which was prompted by Queensland recording the worst year of road fatalities in 13 years in 2022.
Mr Bailey said the refresher course would not be designed to be an onerous and time-consuming test but would update drivers to changes in rules.
“It might look like, you go online, you have a range of questions that cover the new territory that’s happened since you last got your licence,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“It’s designed to be a refresher course, that people would look to do in an easy online way, that gives you a good review of what’s happened in the last four or five years, since you got your licence last time.”
Speaking at a press conference Mr Bailey suggested the refresher course would be similar to the online assessment learner drivers must complete called PrepL in Queensland.
Mr Bailey said answering the refresher course questions incorrectly would not result in someone losing their licence, and that a motorist would have multiple attempts to answer correctly.
“You basically have opportunities to get it right, it’s really about education, it’s not whether we take your licence off you or not, it’s about educating you as a driver.”
Queensland Opposition deputy leader Jarrod Bleijie said the party needed more details before forming a position on the proposed changes.
“When is it being rolled out, what is the timeline, what happens if the computer system crashes and someone needs their licence renewed on the particular day,” Mr Bleijie said.
“What happens when people actually have to physically go into the Transport and Main Roads office … are there going to be systems in place, are they going to be properly resourced?”
The RACQ welcomed the road safety initiatives.