The Victorian government is offering money to young drivers to replace their old cars

Young drivers who live in parts of the state of Victoria in Australia could get a $5,000 AUD ($3,484 USD) incentive from the local government to replace their old car with a modern, safer one.

The taxpayer-funded ‘unsafe2safe’ program began last year with a trial in the Ballarat and Bendigo areas. The new episode will affect 150 people, living in all of regional Victoria apart from Melbourne. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25, while their vehicle must be at least 16 years old to comply. The car (model year 2006 or earlier) must also have an ANCAP score of one or two stars, or not be rated at all by the organization.

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After applications close on September 4, the government will randomly select 150 people to access the 5,000 AUD ($3,484) affiliate. These young people will be able to choose the car of their choice – used or new – provided that it respects a few instructions. As noted by CarExpert, the replacement vehicle must be produced after 2012, cost less than $30,000, not be a repaired write-off, and have an ANCAP rating of at least four stars.

Of course, their old car has to be traded in, with the dealer taking it to the crusher. This narrows the target group down to those who drive vintage cars worth less than $5,000 AUD ($3,484 USD) in the used car market, otherwise it makes no sense for them to apply for the program.

The Victorian government’s goal is to use the entire A$6.9 million (US$4.75 million) grant to replace up to 1,000 older vehicles. The move is expected to increase road safety among young drivers in the regions, who are statistically more accident-prone than other focus groups according to recent studies.

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