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Driving test reversal to help stop fatalities

Do you remember when performing a reverse park was the biggest obstacle between you and getting your P plates? Those days may be numbered with a new report recommending changes to the Queensland driving test.

Manoeuvres such as right-hand turns and merging into traffic will soon given more emphasis over reverse parking because they carry a much higher crash risk. The expert panel said tests should be better aligned with crash data in a bid to reduce the fatality rate, especially in young people.

This new focus is due to the disproportionately high number of crashes involving young adult drivers or riders in Australia – 31.1 per cent of all fatalities in the first seven months of 2012, while young drivers make up only 14 per cent of all license holders.

You have until 16 September 2012 to have your say. Follow the link to Q SAFE Review to find out more.