Electric vehicle joins the fleet

Austeng’s Tim Cleary, left, Rex Gorell's Pike Peters, Mayor Trent Sullivan, L2P volunteer Andrew Cleary and L2P driver Elizabeth Fuller with the MG4 electric car. (Supplied)

An electric vehicle has joined the City of Greater Geelong L2P program fleet to increase opportunities for the region’s L-platers.

The new MG4 car, based in Grovedale, is the first electric vehicle in the program statewide and the ninth in the city’s fleet.

Mayor Trent Sullivan said the program benefited eligible young people between 16 and 21 years old and that it was important for everyone to receive the necessary driving experience.

“A driver’s license equals freedom and independence for a young person, so the L2P program is truly life changing,” he said.

“Logging the required 120 hours of driving practice is not possible for people without access to a car or someone to supervise their driving.

“The bonus beyond the driving practice is that many of the learners and our amazing volunteer mentors develop great friendships that carry on well into the future.”

The fleet’s expansion would allow an existing car to be relocated to Ocean Grove, where the L2P service was in high demand.

L2P volunteer Andrew Cleary helped the project become a reality, from proposing the idea of an electric car to bringing together businesses that jointly sponsored the vehicle.

The program is funded through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to help learner drivers access a vehicle, supervising driver and mentor.

The city celebrated 15 years of the TAC L2P program in January, with 186 learner drivers participating and 65 learners graduating with their probationary licenses last year.