Vic Police Drop L-Plater’s Fine, But Warn Learners That Driving Lessons Aren’t Essential

Police have withdrawn yesterday’s fine given to a Victorian L-plater for going on a driving lesson, but remain adamant that driving lessons are still ‘non-essential’.

“The Chief Health Officer has made it clear that undertaking driving practice in the current climate is not an essential activity,” Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said, via ABC, “unless the learner driver is gaining driving practice in line with one of the four exemptions – when driving to purchase food or supplies, or when travelling to work or education.”

17-year-old Hunter Reynolds had been pulled over while on a driving lesson with her mum in the Frankston area, with the cop deeming the lesson a breach of stage-3 restrictions.

The essentiality of driving lessons remains a state-based issue, with heads of states  responding very differently.

While Victoria reiterated that driving lessons aren’t essential, for example, an NSW Police spokesperson released a statement yesterday declaring otherwise: “We consider that it would be a reasonable excuse for a person to leave their house to receive driving lessons (either from a driving instructor or a member of their family),” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

Another day, another round of confusing stipulations.