Younger drivers in regional NSW could be given $5000 to help them buy a safer car, in a move the premier hopes will save lives in the bush.
In a trial announced on Monday, drivers under 25 who drive a used car with a safety rating of one or two stars, or whose car is more than 16-years-old, could be eligible to upgrade to a safer vehicle.
"We will get old and unsafe cars off our country roads and make it easier for young drivers to get behind the wheel of a safer car," Dominic Perrottet said on Monday.
"This is extra incentive for kids in the bush to ditch their old cars and upgrade to a more modern vehicle with better safety features," he said.
The subsidy will be available for up to 1000 young drivers in regional areas, after an initial trial of 50 drivers in selected areas.
"This is one way we can lower the risk of country kids being seriously injured or losing their life in car accidents."
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the initiative recognised that young drivers were much more likely to inherit the old family car or buy an older, cheaper or less safe vehicle.
"This landmark trial will provide a helping hand to young drivers to buy a safer set of wheels," he said.
More information on eligibility is available here.
Australian Associated Press