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(7) As this was a significant enhancement that would take several days to complete, I am advised that the work was scheduled giving consideration to minimising the disruption to the community, noting the 24 X 7 nature of this service.

(8) InTACT supports the servers and the network and has done so since InTACT’s establishment. Dynix, the system vendor, is contracted to support the library management software until 2 July 2009.

Road Ready Plus program
(Question No 415)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 23 June 2005:

(1) In relation to the Road Ready Plus (P-OFF) workshop being offered by the Department of Urban Services to P-Plate drivers for a fee of $70.00, why is a P-Plate driver who has only had their ‘P’ plates for six months or more, allowed to waive the rest of the two and a half year provisional licensing period after only a three hour long course;

(2) How can three hours of workshop instruction compensate for three years of actual driving experience;

(3) Why is the ACT Government undertaking this type of revenue raising while compromising the safety of drivers and other road users by allowing P Plate drivers to discard their plates after only six months instead of the required three years;

(4) How many people have (a) undertaken this course to date and (b) had their P-Plate status reduced as a result;

(5) How often will this course be run;

(6) How many people does the Government expect will undertake this course on a yearly basis;

(7) How much in fees does the Government expect will be received from course participants in 2004-05 to date and future years.

Mr Hargeaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) A Provisional Licence holder who completes the Road Ready Plus course continues to hold their Provisional Licence for three (3) years. The completion of the Road Ready Plus Course does not alter the class of driver licence. Successful completion of the course provides the participant with an additional 4 demerit points and means they are no longer required to display a P plate on the vehicle they are driving.

All other conditions relating to a provisional licence apply, such as a the maximum permitted blood-alcohol concentration for provisional licence holders being below 0.02, and further demerit points will not be available until a full drivers licence is held.

(2) The Road Ready Plus Course is one aspect of a unique integrated graduated licensing system in the ACT which is now recognised across other jurisdictions as a leading example of education and support for young drivers.

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