State politics | Driver testing's resuming, public transport's changing

BACK ON BOARD: Capacity on all modes of public transport, including buses and trains, can now be increased in a COVID safe way, according to Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.
BACK ON BOARD: Capacity on all modes of public transport, including buses and trains, can now be increased in a COVID safe way, according to Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

DRIVER testing will be back at full capacity from July 1 thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

All customers will be able to book a driver test online, via phone or in a Service NSW Centre.

Thanks to the co-operation and discipline of so many people, Service NSW has been able to reintroduce driver testing.

Appropriate safeguards will remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, such as disposable seat covers, hand sanitiser and gloves. Customers will also need to sign a statutory declaration confirming they are well enough to take the test.

Drivers now have a simpler, faster and more COVID safe way of moving from one licence level to the next.

Getting your licence for the first time is a major milestone for a young person, while many others rely on their licence for employment or mobility.

As driver testing was closed for three months due to COVID-19, Service NSW is expecting a high demand for this service. An additional 50 driver testers have been hired across the state to increase the number of tests available to customers.

For more information on driver testing, please visit www.service.nsw.gov.au

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

HEALTH experts have advised that capacity on all modes of public transport can now be increased in a COVID safe way, so I'm pleased that regional transport services will be able to carry greater numbers of passengers to the bush from July 1 as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

We want to see people back in our regions, so it is great news we can now activate the next stage of the COVIDSafe Transport Plan.

From next month, the regional NSW TrainLink rail fleet will allow for 34 customers per carriage, up from 16, while coaches will allow for 22 customers, up from 12.

The new physical distancing capacities will mean more people will be able to book ahead on our regional rail and coach services and take trips to popular regional destinations for the July school holidays.

For those who use our intercity fleet or regional buses, especially travelling to and from work or school, you should continue to find the green dots for the safest places to sit and stand. This will mean not sitting directly next to, in front of, or behind anyone.

NSW VETERANS

THOSE in the veterans community now have the chance to complete a survey or attend one of the forums being held across the state to share their views and highlight the issues they face to best determine the appropriate support they require.

I encourage all veterans to participate and be part of the response.

The survey will be open until Friday, July 17. To participate in the survey, visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/survey