VicRoads is now offering an online version of its traditionally in-person hazard perception test.
Due to continued COVID-19 lockdowns, VicRoads has been forced to find an alternative testing solution that allows drivers to progress through its Graduated Licensing System without physically attending customer service centres.
The test is said to assess a driver’s ability to recognise and respond to potential hazards in the safest way.
In particular, it focuses on scenarios where probationary drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash according to VicRoads.
In order to access the online test, drivers must create a myVicRoads account and use a compatible device with a stable internet connection.
Once a driver has registered, the test can be accessed at any time that suits. The first attempt is also free.
The test has 25 different driving scenarios that need to be responded to within 45 minutes.
To complete the hazard perception test, drivers must be at least 17 years and 11 months old and have an Australian learner permit or have completed the learner permit test within the last 12 months.
Once VicRoads customer service centres open up again, drivers will be able to sit their test in person if the online alternative doesn’t suit.
“The hazard perception test itself has contributed to a 20 per cent reduction in the rate of fatal and serious crashes involving drivers aged 18 to 20 years,” the Roads Corporation says.
This isn’t the first shift to online testing for VicRoads, as it began offering online learner permit testing in April 2021.
Almost 45,000 Victorians have already taken the online learners test, with 380 drivers signing up every day.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) also offers an online version of its hazard perception test, with the first attempt free of charge.
Queensland recently introduced a hazard perception test that also uses 3D-rendered scenarios.
This test can be taken online and is said to take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia only offer their hazard perception tests in person at their customer service centres.
In Tasmania and North Territory the test isn’t required to progress through to getting a probationary licence.