HIGH SCHOOL DRIVER SAFETY & LICENSING PROGRAM

CHANGING LIVES ONE LICENCE AT A TIME....

At Connect Driver Licensing we believe that a FULL CLEAN LICENCE is vital to ensure that young people in CHB are employable past school, are safer on our roads and can access the opportunities that await them. 

We can now offer all High School Students who live in Central Hawkes Bay the resources to run a Learners through to Full Licence driver safety training at a subsidised cost while at High School.

 

COST FOR CONNECT HIGH SCHOOL LICENCE PROGRAMS

LICENCE TYPE

COST TO YOU

 

ACTUAL FULL COST

 

 

LEARNER LICENCE

 

$35*

$93.90

 

RESTRICTED LICENCE

 

$70*

$134.80

 

FULL LICENCE

 

$60*

$109.50

 

DEFENSIVE DRIVING

 

$250

$250

DRIVING LESSONS

FREE

 

$70 PER LESSON

 

MENTOR DRIVING LESSONS

FREE

 

$50.00

 

EYE TEST (if required)

$35

$35

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

(if required)

$38

$38

 

*This cost is for 1 test.  We do everything we can to help prepare our students for success in their tests; but on the occasion that more attempts are needed, the resit cost needs to be paid again at each attempt.

 

Reminder that we are here to help you, and we acknowledge that not all whānau have the resources available to help a young person to become fully licenced.  Please contact us at any time so that we can help you break down any barriers that arise at any time during this process.   We are at the Youth Hub at CHB College every Wednesday or at EIT in Waipukurau Monday, Tuesday & Friday if you ever wanted to call in and see us.

Learners Licence Program

  • As students prepare to turn 16 - You read and talk with your child about the commitment and you both agree to sign up to the program. 
  • All fees applicable need to be paid before any classes or lessons can commence.
  • Once the online form has been filled out, they can come to our learner’s classes at the CHBC Youth Hub if at CHB College or to EIT, Waipukurau

 

LEARNERS CLASS INFORMATION

  • Please bring your ID with you to every learners class, so you can sit when you’re ready
  • Learner classes are held every Wednesday at CHBC youth hub (old netball pavilion) and EIT Waipukurau on Fridays. We anticipate that it can take anywhere between 1 – 3 classes to be ready to sit and pass the learner’s test.
  • Learner classes always start at the beginning of first period on Wednesday and 9am on Friday
  • Learner classes will consist of a lesson on the road code and driver safety and then practice tests until the student feels ready to sit
  • If your child is confident then we will take them to the AA to sit the theory test. If on the odd occasion they do not pass the test, then we work with them to either re-sit the test straight away or arrange another time to them to come and do more study.
  • IMPORTANT: You need original ID on you to sit the test.

 

IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED TO SIT THE LEARNERS LICENCE TEST

 

 A full ORIGINAL birth certificate and Student ID      OR       A current Passport

 If you don’t have a student ID, give us a call or pop in and we can help you with alternative ID options.

Please note:  if you do not have a Birth Certificate you can order one online or contact us and we can assist.

https://www.govt.nz/organisations/births-deaths-and-marriages/

 

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE MY CHILD HAS THEIR LEARNER LICENCE

LEARN TO DRIVE – the 6 months a student is on their learner licence is the most important part of the licence process.  It is vital that you as parents and caregivers ensure that your young person is always legal and invest in the time to teach them to be safe and confident drivers.  We have access to a wonderful team of volunteer mentor & professional driving instructors that we recommend you book a time to ensure that what you are teaching them is correct – you can also read up on how to become an expert coach on https://drive.govt.nz/teach-someone-to-drive

Please note:

  • To teach people to drive you must have held your full licence for 2 years or more. If this is an issue, please contact us so that we can assist you to become fully licensed and to offer mentor options for teaching your young person to drive.
  • A learner’s licence is A PERMIT TO LEARN. They must never drive without a full licensed driver, and they are not to take siblings or friends in the car.
  • A lesson is best if the students are given time out of busy lives to have one on one – once they and you are feeling more confident and safer in the car then take every opportunity even if it’s just a trip to town of the dairy to give them a chance to drive.
  • “L” plates must be displayed on the front and back of the vehicle and they and you must always carry your licence card with you while driving.

 

Once you’ve done some driving practice with your whanau and had your learners for 3-4 months, then hop online and sign up to our restricted program and  we’ll get you booked in for lessons with our instructor and mentors to get you ready to sit your test. 

Restricted Licence Program

  • Once the student has gained their Learners Licence and started practicing driving for approximately 3 months - you read and talk with your child about the commitment and you both agree to sign up to the program. 
  • All fees applicable need to be paid before any classes or lessons can commence.
  • They will be given a driving lesson to assess how much driving has been done at home.
  • A plan will be worked out from there and feedback will be given about their progress.
  • Lessons will be on a Monday or Tuesday from 9am-3pm. Your child will miss class during this time, but we will try to make sure they do not miss the same class every time.
  • When our instructor informs us that they are ready for the test, that is when one will be booked. All tests will be booked in Dannevirke and your child will be given a lesson with our instructor on the same day as the test before they sit.
  • If the student is not successful in passing the first time we will work with student and family to work out a plan to re-sit the test as soon as possible.

 

Your child will be able to sit for their restricted licence 6 months after obtaining a learner licence.  This is the first practical test of the licence path and students have this licence for 18 months (unless they do a defensive driving course which will reduce by 6 months). 

 

RESTRICTED LICENCE DRIVING INFORMATION

Please Note:

  • A restricted licence is the most important time to ensure your child is safest.
  • They can only drive by themselves – they cannot take their friends or their siblings in the car without you as a full licence driver with them.
  • They can only drive between the hours of 5am and 10pm.
  • They cannot drive with ANY alcohol in their system – AT ALL! Or they will end up in court. 
  • This period of a licence is vital that you as parents are strict and consistent with your enforcing the rules of a restricted licence. This is the time that they will feel pressured to driving with their friends, being sober drivers or worse driving with alcohol in their system.

 

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE (this is an optional part of the process)

  • CONNECT Driver Licensing run 2-3 of these a year. This course is made up of four theory classes spread over 2 weeks.
  • The classes are either evening or after school
  • The cost of $250 this is not subsidised by funding at this point.
  • click here for more information & to sign up

Full Licence Program

  • When your son/daughter is 2 months away from being able to obtain a full licence (after 12- or 18-months dependant if they have taken a Defensive Driving Course) sign up for this program. 
  • We will contact them for lessons to ensure they are ready to be booked in for their full licence.
  • When our instructor informs us that they are ready for the test, that is when one will be booked. All tests will be booked in Dannevirke and your son/daughter will be given a lesson with our instructor on the same day as the test before they sit.
  • If the student is not successful in passing the first time we will work with student and family to work out a plan to re-sit the test as soon as possible.
  • All fees applicable need to be paid before any classes or lessons can commence.

NCEA

Each time that you achieve a stage in your licence you are eligible for NCEA credits! 

To receive your credits please see:

  • Kim Walker at Central Hawkes Bay College
  • Keri-Lee Maniapoto-Cheer at Te Aute College