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There's A Big Change To The Way L-Platers Learn To Drive

The way L-platers learn to drive is going to be given a thoroughly modern make-over, with Transport NSW making moves to scrap the old logbooks.

Instead, Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey is following through with her predecessor Duncan Gay's plans to introduce a state-wide app to keep track of the hours spent behind the wheel.

"It's about time we brought the logbook experience into the 21st century," Ms Pavey said. "Parents and kids are sick of having to manually write in 120 hours of driving practice."

Speaking to 7 News, Ben, a newly qualified driver, admitted that he was glad to see the back of the logbook.

"It just takes ages, it's frustrating," the 17-year-old said just moments after passing his test.

The app does mean, though, that it'll be just that little bit harder to "fudge" learning hours, with the app using GPS technology to help track its user.

"It has firm times, it knows when day and night is, so it'll just make sure all the information it's recorded is accurate," Mick Humphries from the Australian Driver Trainers Association said. 

The government will soon launch a small trial of four different apps, Licence ReadyLearner JourneyEzy Log and L2P, with 100 places available for learner drivers in Castle Hill and Maitland, before rolling out state-wide.

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