Significant changes for learner and provisional drivers ahead of the festive season

New and revised rules are set to come into effect from December for learner and provisional drivers with the aim to make getting a driver’s license cheaper and safter for Tasmanians.

“All P1 drivers will have a new maximum speed limit of 100km/h, even if a higher speed limit applies. P1 drivers are currently restricted to 90km/h in a 100km/h zone” stated Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

The new system will allegedly help reduce the risk to young drivers, whilst providing more on-road driving experiences and skills aimed to keep both driver’s and their passengers safe.

Changes to the graduated licensing system are set to include more online services available from any device, including a digital platform with resources to assist supervisors and new drivers with learning the road rules.

Starting from December 2020, the following rules will apply:

For L1 licence holders:

  • Compulsory 80 logbook hours, including 15 at night
  • Passing a Hazard Perception test
  • Total ban on mobile phone use – this includes hands-free and speaker mode
  • No towing throughout the learner stage.
  • Maximum speed limits of 90km/h for learners
  • Continue to have zero blood/breath alcohol content (BAC)
  • L1 licence holders will be able to sit their P1 assessment after holding the license for 12 continuous months. To calculate when this will be for you, add nine months to the date shown as the “earliest L2 test date” on your L1 licence card.

For L2 licence holders:

  • Compulsory 50 logbook hours and hold the licence for nine continuous months before eligible for your P1 assessment
  • No requirement to sit the Hazard Perception Test
  • Total ban on mobile phone use – this includes hands-free and speaker mode
  • Maximum speed limits of 90km/h for learners
  • Continue to have zero blood/breath alcohol content (BAC)

For P1 licence holders:

  • Total ban on mobile phone use – this includes hands-free and speaker mode
  • Maximum speed limit of 100km/h
  • Continue to have zero blood/breath alcohol content (BAC)
  • Drivers under the aged of 25 will be restricted to carrying one peer passenger aged 16-21 years old – exemptions will apply for certain circumstances including essential travel activities and employment. (If you progress to the P1 stage before December these restrictions will not apply)

For P2 license holders:

  • If you hold a P2 licence when the changes are implemented in December 2020, you will not be impacted by any new restrictions.

For more information go to: https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road_safety_and_rules/changes_to_graduated_licensing_system

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