#COVID-19 RACQ warns Beaudesert, Logan and Redlands learner drivers to stay off the road

OFF LIMITS: Accruing 100 hours is not an option for learner drivers due to COVID-19 regulations. Photo: RACQ
OFF LIMITS: Accruing 100 hours is not an option for learner drivers due to COVID-19 regulations. Photo: RACQ

RACQ has warned them to stay off the road unless undertaking essential travel after guidelines were released by Queensland Police.

Club spokesperson Renee Smith said driving to clock up the required 100 hours as a learner was now off limits.

"The new advice is all road trips are off unless you're undertaking essential travel," Ms Smith said.

"If a household is carrying out essential travel and the driver is a learner being accompanied by a supervisor that is okay.

"Taking a road trip or driving to get your hours up as a Learner isn't considered essential."

Ms Smith encouraged all drivers to stick within the guidelines or risk a $1300 fine.

"It will be up to police to determine whether they believe you are undertaking essential travel or not," she said.

"We know that being stuck inside can be frustrating but these are the rules for now."

This comes after Transport and Main Roads last month cancelled all driving tests.

A TMR spokesperson said the decision was made after a risk assessment investigation.

"We undertook a risk assessment of COVID-19 exposure to public and staff during a practical driving test," the spokesperson said.

"Tests are conducted in a confined space with less than 1.5 metres between the driver examiner and the customer. They last for about 45 minutes.

"We considered the guidelines for social distancing and hygiene practices as recommended by Queensland Health.

"As a result, testing for light vehicles and heavy vehicles will be suspended for three months (subject to review) from Saturday, 28 March.

"Customers who have scheduled practical driving tests will be notified and have an option to either receive a refund or retain the funds in their customer account to use for a future booking."

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