The Dunedin Open Roads team has recently celebrated with and congratulated 25 graduates of the successful Open Roads Driver Training Programme (ORDTP). The graduation ceremony was presided over by the mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull.

The ORDTP primarily works with former refugee clients who have either a Learners or International drivers licence to achieve the next level of their licence. Open Roads was initially piloted in Hamilton in August 2015 and has now become a National Programme, starting in Dunedin September 2017.

“To date we have 30 people who have passed and received their licences. We are hoping to add a lot more to that figure by the end of the year,” says Dimple Parmar, Resettlement Driving Coordinator for Dunedin.

The programme is run with the help of voluntary driving mentors. Each mentor is paired with a learner driver who is supervised for around 12 to 15 weeks, depending on the learner’s driving ability. All mentors work very closely with a driving instructor from AA who supports them throughout the programme.

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