The RYDE Program provides young people the opportunity to complete their 50 hours of supervised driving experience with one of our volunteer ‘Driving Mentors’.
Many young people find it difficult to complete the 50 hours of driving experience now required for a Western Australian Driver’s Licence. This might be because they haven’t got access to an appropriate vehicle, or a qualified person to spend all of those hours in the passenger seat. The RYDE program will connect Learner Drivers with Volunteer Mentors and a Program vehicle, so that they can get their Licence and all of the opportunities that come with it.
WHO IS RYDE FOR?
The RYDE Program helps young people who live in the South West who are experiencing barriers completing their compulsory 50 log book hours. The RYDE sessions are about gaining experience and improving skill rather than the initial stage of ‘learning to drive’.
Are you eligible?
- 16 to 25 years old
- Have a learners permit
- Don’t have access to a suitable vehicle
- Don’t have someone with 4 years’ experience to accompany you.
How do I access the program?
If you are having trouble getting your 50 log book hours contact a RYDE Provider and make an appointment to meet with a support worker. RYDE providers are local organisations that can assess and sign up learner drivers to the program. Only a RYDE Provider can set you up as a participant of the program. They will support you through the online booking and payment process, as well as offer assistance along the way. They can also help to arrange a driving assessment with our partnered driving schools to ensure that you don’t need extra formal lessons before you begin with the RYDE Program.
How much does it cost?
Participants are required to cover the cost of a RYDE assessment with our partnered driving instructors before they start the RYDE program regardless of previous experience. This can only be done once you’ve met with a RYDE Provider. The assessment evaluates whether participants possess skills for basic vehicle operation, an understanding of road rules and, generally do not pose a significant risk to other road users or the volunteer driving mentors who may accompany them during driving sessions.
After the RYDE assessment, learner drivers are required to pay a small fee of $15 per 90 minute session. Sessions are paid for using credit codes bought through the RYDE website with Paypal, a credit card or debit card. Your RYDE Provider can help to explain this part of the process.
Where will RYDE driving sessions take place in Bunbury?
Sessions start and finish at Bunbury Public Library, Parkfield Street.
Access is just a short walk from the Bunbury Bus Depot opposite Centrepoint Shopping Centre.