19 Nov 2015

Lack of drivers licences problem for rural youth

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 19 November 2015

Thousands of young people are struggling to pay for their full drivers licences. Hawkes Bay's Intersectoral Leadership Group (made up of council, iwi leaders & representatives from education, health and the department of corrections) - is trying to get accurate figures. It says there is clearly a problem which impacts on young people across many areas - including the justice system because they are driving without a full licence, as well as affecting their employment prospects and education. We discuss the issue with Kelly Annand from Connecting for Youth Employment who says many young people can't afford the 338 dollar cost of getting a licence, let alone the cost of driving lessons.