Driving Programme

On the Straight and Narrow

Hundreds of offenders and ex-prisoners are being given a second chance with our new driving programme aimed at helping young people off the pathway to prison and a life of crime.

NZ Howard League for Penal Reform CEO Mike Williams says the programme, which costs about the same as keeping one person in prison for one year clearly works and leads to jobs for the participants.

“65% of Māori offenders have a driving offence as part of their initial jail sentence and about 5% of jail sentences are just for driving without a license. Over 80% of all jobs require a drivers’ license.

“There are no down-sides to this programme. We create safer, legal drivers, we help keep them out of jail and we make them employable; getting them off benefits.”

A drivers’ license also gives them identification which is critical for getting a bank account, for signing up for a rental property, and for any other situation where ID is needed.

We currently run driving programmes from probation centres in Whangarei, Kaitaia, Hawkes Bay, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, West Coast, West Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Manawatu, Whanganui, and Rotorua as well as helping prisoners pass their learner license from prison.

If you would like to get your lisence, please contact your probation officer for referral into the driving programme.

4327 Licences Achieved since 2014.

Driving instructor Amy beside one of the Howard League training cars.

Prepare prisoners to pass their learner license.

Organise driving lessons and practical tests for restricted and full licenses.

Provide a car to sit practical tests in.

Help pay for costs associated with getting a license.

Provide literacy help so that they can get to a level to pass their license.

Organise the ID needed including original birth certificate.

Share some great resources including: Drive websites, apps, quizzes and a take home work book which has 10 practice tests.

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