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Parental experiences of encouraging compliance with restrictions of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) during their children’s provisional licensing phase

Belsham, D, Lennon, A, Matthews, S, Bates, L

Driver Licensing & Training

ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Parental support is an important part of how young novice drivers navigate Queensland’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. During this process parents may have a greater influence on enforcing the restrictions of GDL when compared with traditional policing. However, despite the likely critical value of this role, little is known about parental views or experiences of this process, or how best to support parents effectively in guiding their provisional drivers. For this study, qualitative analysis of interviews with 16 parents of current provisional drivers suggest that parents may fulfil third party functions consistent with concepts of Third Party Policing (TPP).