Driver licence restrictions

L and P plate drivers have more requirements and restrictions than full licence drivers.

It's important that you are aware of your driving restrictions so you don't get fined or, even worse, lose your licence.

Below is a summary of the major restrictions for each licence type.

Learner licence

Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 16 
  • Pass Driver Knowledge Test Display L plates front and rear outside vehicle
  • Be supervised by full Australian licence holder at all times
  • Wear a seat belt 
  • Not accumulate four demerit points.

Restrictions:

  • 0.0% Alcohol limit 
  • Max speed limit of 90km/h
  • Not tow any vehicle
  • Not use a mobile phone (including hands free).

Red Ps

Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Hold Ls for 12 months (unless 25 or over) 
  • 120 hours of driving practice (unless 25 or over)
  • Pass Driving Test
  • Display red on white P plates front and rear outside vehicle   
  • Driver and passengers must correctly wear seat belts
  • Not accumulate four demerit points.

Restrictions:

  • 0.0% Alcohol limit 
  • Max speed limit of 90km/h 
  • Not supervise a Learner driver
  • Max 250kg trailer towing restriction
  • Not use a mobile phone (including hands free)
  • Only drive a manual if passed the test driving a manual 
  • If under 25 must not drive more than one passenger under 21 between 11pm and 5am
  • Not drive a vehicle with
    • Eight or more cylinders (diesel exempt)
    • Turbo or supercharged (diesel exempt) engine
    • Modifications which increase performance or
    • Any other vehicle identified by the RMS.

Green Ps

Requirements:

  • Hold P1 for 12 months 
  • Pass Hazard Perception Test 
  • Display green on white P plates front and rear outside vehicle
  • Not accumulate seven demerit points
  • Driver and passengers must correctly wear seat belts.

Restrictions:

  • Alcohol limit 0.0%
  • Not supervise a Learner driver
  • Max speed limit of 100km/h  
  • Not drive certain prohibited vehicles
  • Not use a mobile phone (including hands free)
  • Not drive a vehicle with
    • Eight or more cylinders (diesel exempt)
    • Turbo or supercharged (diesel exempt) engine
    • Modifications which increase performance or
    • Any other vehicle identified by the RMS.

Full licence

Requirements:

  • Hold P2 for 24 months 
  • Pass Driver Qualification Test
  • Driver is responsible for all passengers correctly wearing restraints
  • Not accumulate 12 demerit points.

Restrictions:

  • Alcohol limit 0.05%
  • Max speed limit of 110km/h
  • Not use a mobile phone (hands free permitted).

 

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