Youth Driver Licensing: South Waikato

Smart Waikato Trust

July 2020

Nationwide, New Zealand has problems with its uptake and completion of driver licensing, particularly among youth. Unlicensed drivers receive convictions and fines which can be a catalyst for further convictions. In economic terms, a license is a key employability skill with 70% of jobs requiring at least a restricted driver’s license. Driver licensing rates among job seekers are very low nationally and affects a young person’s job prospects.

Smart Waikato Trust complied the following report, with support from the Provincial Growth Fund and Trust Waikato.