On the 10th April, the Government announced it will spend more than $5 million on a scheme to get more young people a driver's licence, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
The programme, designed for young people on youth benefits or in care, will cover the costs of obtaining a birth certificate for identification, professional driving lessons and test fees.
The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has long been advocating to Central Government around the need for a free universal driver licensing project to be launched into all secondary schools.
We are pleased with the announcement on the 10th April and the benefit this will have for many young people across Aotearoa. However, approximately four times this amount will be needed to cater support for ALL rangatahi.
Mayor of Otorohanga and Chairman of the MTFJ's press release is below: