Discount for doing the right thing on our roads

IT’S a question that has long fuelled many debates: who are better drivers – men or women?

It seems, locally anyway, females drivers are the winners with more women staying out of trouble on the roads.

The proof is in the pudding in the latest statistics from the state government which has detailed how many drivers have an unblemished record for five years.

One such woman is 23-year-old Tamworthian, Taylah Shields.

The mother-of-three is one of thousands who are eligible for a discounted licence for good behaviour behind the wheel.

“I just went in [to the RMS] to renew my licence and they said ‘you can have it for half price today for being a good driver’,” she said.

Mrs Shields said age was no barrier, rather having young children in the car made her more cautious and careful on the road.

The discount will put a little extra back into the hip pockets, with 50 per cent off the cost of renewal.

And it could be you too – if you have had no marks against your licence in the past five years.

In the Tamworth electorate, almost 5000 drivers qualify – and 2770 of those are women.

Similarly, women take the cake in Northern Tablelands with 2452 women making up the 4548 eligible while in Barwon the gap is a little closer – 2103 women are part of the 3975-strong drivers who qualify for the discounted fees.

The Fair Go for Safe Drivers is an incentive for drivers to follow the road rules, according to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

“It’s to reward the drivers that do the right thing and to encourage everyone to be safe on the roads,” he said.

The numbers look set to only fuel discussions about what makes a safe driver.

But one thing’s for sure, Mrs Shields believes the discount licence numbers speak for themselves in the age-old debate.

“I think so ... my husband hasn’t got one yet,” she joked.

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