Learning to Drive
New Learner Driver Rules
From 28 July 2014, a number of new laws came into place which mainly affected P1 drivers. These laws aren't about making things harder for anyone. They're there to keep young people safe on the road and to save lives.
So what changed?
NO driving between midnight and 5am
Now applies to all P1 Licence holders and Learner motorcyclists under 25.
No driving between midnight and 5am unless a qualified supervising driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria which includes work or training commitments. This rule does NOT apply to P2 drivers or motorcyclists under 25 who hold a P2 licence or a full car licence.
No more than one passenger aged 16-20
Applies to all P1 Licence holders under 25.
No more than one passenger aged 16-20 at any time of the day or night (immediate family members exempt), unless a qualified supervising driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria.This rule does NOT apply to P2 drivers.
Hazard perception test for Learners
Applies to all Learner's Permit holders.
If you are applying for a P1 Licence, you will need to first pass the Hazard Perception Test (HPT).
If you got your P1 Licence before 28 July 2014, you will still need to pass the HPT before you apply for your P2 Licence.
Time on your P's
Now applies to all provisional licences issued.
The time you need to spend on a provisional licence has increased from two to three years. This means one year on a P1 and two years on a P2 Licence. The minimum age of getting a full licence is now 20.
Applies to all disqualified L and P Licence holders returning to drive.
Regression to a previous licence stage following a disqualification period has been removed. This means that disqualified L and P drivers now return to the licence stage they were at when they committed the offence.
For more information about these rules, please visit the mylicence website. Or click here to download a brochure about the new rules.
Motoring & Road Safety
Check out our free CarFit program!
If you've just got your licence - now's the best time to book into RAA's free CarFit program.
We'll check your seat, mirrors, seatbelt and head restraint to make sure your car is setup to minimise your blind spots and keep you safe on the road.
Click here for more info.
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Perfect for learner drivers, the official Driver's handbook contains essential information, road rules and useful tips.