LEARNER drivers in Maroondah and the Yarra Rangers are doing the right thing and completing their logbooks correctly - not just cruisin' towards their driving test by fudging the figures.
VicRoads has revealed that out of the 3795 learner drivers who applied for a probationary licence at its Mooroolbark office in 2010-11, only eight had their logbooks rejected.
In the 2009-10 financial year, 14 logbooks were rejected out of 2829 applicants.
The figures are lower than the South Oakleigh office, where there were 69 drivers - out of 3807 applicants - who had their logbooks rejected.
Under licensing rules introduced in Victoria in 2008, learner drivers aged under 21 must complete a minimum of 120 hours supervised driving over a year - including 10 hours at night - before they can sit their probationary licence test.
Logbooks can be rejected if they are incomplete or contain miscalculations on the number of hours logged. Under the Road Safety Act, the penalty for a false statement to VicRoads is a fine of more than $1000 or up to two months in jail.
VicRoads customer services director Glen Madeira said staff were diligent in checking the books.
"VicRoads has a number of procedures in place to detect fraudulent entries or honest errors, and as a result a small number of logbooks are rejected," he said.
Mr Madeira said learners who had not adequately prepared for the test by obtaining at least 120 hours of on-road driving experience in a variety of conditions were more likely to fail.
"Extensive research shows that there is no substitute for experience behind the wheel in developing drivers who understand and respond to potential risks on the road."
Of the 287 people who died on Victorian roads last year, 66 were aged between 18 and 25.