The Hills drivers get money back on licences

DRIVERS who have an unblemished record for five years are now eligible for half-price drivers' licences under a new state government initiative.

The 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 you renew your licence for one, three or five years, which means you 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 Baulkham Hills electorate came in at 51st from 93 electorates with 8.01 per cent of its 56,673 licence holders receiving a discount.

The Castle Hill electorate came 61st with 4651 discounted licence renewals.

"Considering how much of a massive growth area this is the fact our drivers are managing to maintain a clear driving record shows they are abiding by the road rules and setting a good example for their younger generation," said acting sergeant Tracy McManus from the Hills Highway Patrol Unit.

Riverstone came in at 15th, with Stanhope Gardens having 10.56 per cent of licence holders — the highest number in the electorate — receive a discount.

"In Riverstone there's less traffic lights, cameras, shopping centres — you're more likely to have an accident in a congested area," Ms McManus said.

Pensioners are unaffected by the scheme as they pay nothing for their licence.

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