DRIVERS who have unblemished records for five years will now be eligible for half-price drivers’ licences under a new state government initiative — and you can bet many of them are local.
“Riverstone and Camden electorates were the most rewarded in the Sydney region and in percentage terms, more people in Bligh Park [one in nine] were acknowledged for their safe driving than in any other suburb in the electorate,” Riverstone MP Kevin Connolly said.
The government’s Fair Go for Safe Drivers incentive scheme was launched in July 2013 as a way to reward safe motorists and encourage others to obey the road rules.
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The discount applies whether drivers renew their licence for one, three or five years, which means they can save as much as $81 for driving safely.
So far the electorate with the highest number of takers has been Monaro, with 10.18 per cent of its licence-holders getting a discount.
The Riverstone electorate came 15th of 93 electorates statewide but was actually the most rewarded electorate in the state, with 6097 drivers receiving the reward.
‘‘It is a great result and it’s good to see members of our local area command are among some of the least infringed drivers in NSW,’’ Quakers Hill acting crime manager, Detective Inspector Adam Evans said.
Tracy McManus, acting sergeant for the Hills highway patrol unit, said: ‘‘In Riverstone there are fewer traffic lights, cameras, shopping centres [than in the Castle Hill electorate] — you’re more likely to have an accident in a congested area.’’
The Castle Hill electorate came 61st with 4651 discounted licence renewals, ahead of Blacktown electorate — 62nd with 4192 — but behind Mt Druitt electorate — 53rd with 4541.
OUR BEST DRIVERS
■ Stanhope Gardens: 10.56% of licence holders, or 623 drivers, were eligible for half-price licences;
■ Glendenning: 10.42% of licence holders (337 drivers) were eligible;
■ The Ponds: 10.02% of licence holders (485 drivers) were eligible;
■ Kings Park: 9.85% of licence holders (227 drivers) were eligible;
■ Woodcroft: 9.7% of licence holders (449 drivers) were eligible; and
■ Parklea: 9.37% of licence holders (159 drivers) were eligible.
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