New apps keep track of learner drivers

An 'L' Plate is seen atop a vehicle in Adelaide, Monday September 18, 2017. (AAP Image/Morgan Sette) NO ARCHIVING
An 'L' Plate is seen atop a vehicle in Adelaide, Monday September 18, 2017. (AAP Image/Morgan Sette) NO ARCHIVING

New logbook apps for learner-drivers may make it harder to falsify driving hours. 

This week Roads Minister Melinda Pavey announced the rollout of three apps – Licence Ready, Roundtrip and L2P – that learners could use to record their required 120 hours of driving.

This followed a trial of the apps earlier this year, which can be used as an alternative to the old paper logbooks.

The apps track each trip via GPS and keep a record of it, via a ‘set and forget’ feature.

Given that the apps will automatically record the distances of each trip, it will reduce the problems of drivers adding trips to paper logbooks that they never made.

Learners can still use paper logbooks if they wish.

While learners can use a combination of paper logbooks and the app, Service NSW will only accept one format when drivers lodge their hours.