Newly licensed provisional drivers have a far higher crash risk than learner drivers, as a supervisor no longer accompanies them. Some self-imposed constraints and seeking support when needed can reduce your risk as an independent driver.

Night Driving

If possible, avoid driving at night, particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These times represent significantly higher risk to provisional drivers.

Passenger influences

For the first year of provisional driving, try to limit yourself to one passenger. A relative or trusted friend can be very helpful, however, some passengers can distract you and make it harder to focus on driving.

Driving distractions

Activities liking adjusting the stereo can divide your concentration and result in a crash. Get a passenger to do tasks or, if alone, wait until you are stopped. Mobile phones can only be used if you are pulled over with the engine off.

Licence restrictions for P1 licences

Blood Alcohol Concentration Zero (no alcohol in your system)
Demerit points 4 points
Plate display Plates must be displayed clearly on the exterior of the front and back of the vehicle
Maximum speed limit 90km/h
Towing Max = trailer of 250kg unloaded weight
Supervision Not allowed to supervise a learner
Location restrictions Not allowed in Parramatta Park, Centennial Park or Moore Park in Sydney
Mobile phone Not allowed unless vehicle is parked
Passenger limits Drivers under 25 are restricted to one passenger under 21 from 11pm to 5 am
Licence class Only applies to C class (car)
Transmission If tested in automatic, can only drive automatic
Vehicles Must not drive vehicle with:

  • 8 or more cylinders (diesel exempt)
  • Turbo or supercharged engine (diesel exempt)
  • Modifications that increase engine performance
  • Any other vehicle identified by RMS

Licence restrictions for P2 licences

Blood Alcohol Concentration Zero (no alcohol in your system)
Demerit points 7 points
Plate display Plates must be displayed clearly on the exterior of the front and back of the vehicle
Maximum speed limit 100km/h
Supervision Not allowed to supervise a learner
Mobile phone Allowed for calls and audio only if securely mounted and automated audio device is used. Touching the phone while driving is illegal
Vehicles Must not drive vehicle with:

  • 8 or more cylinders (diesel exempt)
  • Turbo or supercharged engine (diesel exempt)
  • Modifications that increase engine performance
  • Any other vehicle identified by RMS

 

Continue reading the Guide to the Driving Test Summary:

1. The Driving Test

2. Before You Start

3. Low Risk Driving

4. Vehicle Control

5. Test Results

6. Tips for Provisional Drivers


Check out the other resources available to help you pass the Practical Driving Test and get your provisional P1 licence (Red Ps):

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