From today learner drivers can log their driving practice using their smart phones following the launch of the digital logbook as an alternative to the out-dated paper version.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward announced that young drivers could now access three different apps endorsed by RMS – L2P, Licence Ready and Roundtrip – to record their 120 hours of driving time, learn about road safety and submit their logbook electronically.

“In transitioning to a digital format we hope to make this process more user friendly, by keeping more accurate records and saving on time,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The apps are designed not to distract learner drivers or their supervisors while driving and ensure learners abide by all applicable road rules relating to the use of mobile phones in vehicles.

“The apps include a ‘set and forget’ feature where learners can start their logged drive on the app before getting in the car, and it will record their drive in the background.

“We want to ensure learner drivers can focus on the important task of acquiring the skills and experience to become safe drivers,” Mrs Hancock said.

“In addition to logging hours and verifying details, the apps make use of GPS tracking, automated weather conditions, and profile set up and summary dashboards,” Mr Ward said.

“When not driving learners can also make use of extra features such as video learning content, goal setting and lesson planning.

“The three digital log book apps are now available for free download through the Android Play and Apple app stores,” Mr Ward said.

Further information on the learner driver log books visit: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/learner/logbook/digital-logbook.html.