St Marys safe drivers rewarded with cheaper licences

DRIVERS who have unblemished records for five years will now be eligible for half-price drivers' licences under a new state government initiative.

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.

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 receiving a discount.

The Penrith electorate came 26th of 93 electorates statewide, Mt Druitt electorate was 53rd with 4541 discounted licence renewals and Blacktown electorate was 62nd with 4192.

Among the top performing suburbs in Penrith was Werrington County where 10.89 per cent of licence holders, or 199 drivers, were eligible for half-price licences.

The suburb belongs to the St Marys local area command.

"It's very pleasing that people in our local area command are eligible for this discount, as it is a good reward for safe driving," Inspector Tracy Stone of the St Marys command said.

"Generally the majority of our drivers drive well. It's only a small percentage who lets us down."

Pensioners are unaffected as they pay nothing for their licence.

OUR BEST DRIVERS:

■ Werrington County: 10.89% of licence holders, or 199 drivers, were eligible for half-price licences;

■ Claremont Meadows: 10.42% of licence holders (317 drivers) were eligible;

■ Erskine Park: 9.29% of licence holders (472 drivers) were eligible;

■ Colyton: 8.89% of licence holders (418 drivers) were eligible;

■ St Clair: 8.83% of licence holders (1282 drivers) were eligible.

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