What is RYDE?
The RYDE Program helps young people who have their L Plates but are unable to complete their compulsory 50 log book hours, because of particular challenges (see eligibility).
The RYDE sessions are with volunteer mentors and like a parent or guardian, they sit with you in a car while you drive to get your log book hours. It is not a driving lesson and RYDE is not a driving school.
Sessions are booked online by participants who select a volunteer mentor and the manual or auto vehicle to practice in, at a time that suits them best.
Are you eligible?
- Live, study or work in the City of Mandurah
- 16 to 25 years old
- Have a learners permit
- Don’t have access to a road worthy vehicle
- Don’t have someone with a valid license and 4 years’ driving experience to supervise 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 school to check if you ensure that you don’t need extra formal lessons with a driving school 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 driving school (usually $60) before they start the RYDE program regardless of previous experience. This can only be done once you’ve met with a RYDE provider and it ensures young people have the basic skills to drive a vehicle.
After the RYDE assessment, learner drivers are required to pay a small fee of $15 per 90 minute session. This fee is paid via the online booking process. The RYDE Provider can help to explain this part of the process.
Where will RYDE driving sessions take place?
Sessions start and finish at Mandurah Library, 331 Pinjarra Road. Access is just a short bus ride from the Mandurah Train Station.
How can I become a volunteer driving mentor?
Want to help make a difference for young people? Interested in mentoring or helping make the roads a safer place?
Our mentors are the key to the success of RYDE, helping young people become more responsible and independent. The mentor role can be a rewarding experience as you support young people achieve their 50 log book hours, share knowledge about negotiating the roads, and build supportive relationships with young people.
The manual car supplied is fully insured and equipped with a second brake pedal. Full training will be provided to suitable applicants by Peel Volunteer Resource Centre and Eclipse Driving School and all training costs covered.
– Current manual license for more than 4 years
– Federal Police Clearance (or willing to obtain)
– Working with Children Check (or willing to obtain)
– Ability to relate to young people
To find out more about Mandurah RYDE:
Volunteer Driving Mentors
P: 9581 1187
Mandurah RYDE is made possible with the support of: