Driving assessments will recommence across Tasmania this week with additional resources being deployed to tackle a backlog of bookings.
Transport Miister Michael Ferguson said assessments would first restart in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, with other testing locations to follow.
"Government driver assessors will prioritise the assessments that were put on hold before new bookings are accepted," Mr Ferguson said.
"With some 1800 driving assessments put on hold, we are employing more government driver assessors to cut down wait times.
"These additional assessors will come on-line mid-June.
"This will mean we can move through the backlog more quickly, and those in the line have the chance to progress towards their provisional licence, minimising delay as much as possible."
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Mr Ferguson said the government would be expanding its Enhanced P1 Assessment Pilot which authorises qualified private driving instructors to conduct assessments.
"We are doing this to further support the reduction of wait times and expand options for learner drivers," he said.
"An Expression of Interest to deliver these services will be commenced in early June and will focus on expanding service delivery times and locations.
"As a further help for young drivers to develop their driving skills and behaviours after the COVID-19 restrictions, a new $250,000 'Driver Ready' package will give eligible learner drivers access to a free government-funded driving lesson with a suitably qualified instructor, and will also be available to those who may need additional support after failing their first provisional assessment."
Mr Ferguson said the Department of State Growth would contact all eligible learner drivers for the 'Driver Ready' package which was expected to run through to December 2020.