IMPORTANT LICENSING CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has welcomed improvements to the state’s highly successful Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure new drivers are safe drivers on our roads.

“The first six months of driving solo is the highest risk period for novice drivers so it’s important to look at ways to ensure they get the training and experience they need to be safe on our roads,” Mr Provest said.

The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey advised that young drivers continue to be over-represented in road crashes. P-platers make up 8 per cent of all driver licence holders, yet their crashes account for 15 per cent of all fatalities on NSW roads.

“Since the Graduated Licensing Scheme was first introduced on 1 July 2000, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads, but even one death is one too many,” Minister Pavey said.

“The NSW licensing system for young drivers is already one of the safest in the world but the changes that come into effect on 20 November 2017 are designed to further improve the way the scheme prepares novice drivers – in particular young drivers – to be safe on the road”.

The changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme mean:

  • Learner drivers will have to complete the Hazard Perception Test before they can take the driving test;
  • P1 drivers will no longer have to complete the Hazard Perception Test to get their P2 licence; and
  • The Driver Qualification Test has been removed for P2 Drivers and in its place P2 drivers will have to stay on their licence for an extra 6 months if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behavior.

These changes come into effect from 20 November 2017.

Find out how the changes affect you or someone you know at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/licence