Eighteen young people gained their driver’s licence through the Benalla L2P program last year.
The Benalla L2P program has helped 44 young people gain hours towards their 120-hour requirement.
Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth praised the partnership between the council, VicRoads and Value Auto Group to deliver the L2P Program.
Value Auto Group, which has supported the program since its inception with council in July 2014, provides a Toyota Yaris, which is on the road for 22 hours of driving on average each week.
‘‘The benefits of the program are evident with a large number of young people gaining their licence during the past 12 months,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘The L2P program assists young learner drivers who are facing barriers in getting the 120 mandatory hours of on the road driving experience.
‘‘Young people face this challenge for a variety of reasons, such as lack of access to a vehicle and other obstacles.
‘‘With reduced public transport options in regional areas, it is even more important that young people obtain a licence to be able to independently access study and work commitments.’’
Benalla L2P Program participant Rachel, who lives out of town, said since gaining her licence, she had not had to rely on friends and family for transportation.