Licence and Suspension Matters

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Licence and Suspension Matters in NSW

This page provides information on the types of  licences in NSW and suspension matters
Types of licences

Learner Licence (“L’s”):

As a holder of a NSW Learner Licence there are several rules that must be strictly abide by the drivers:

  • Only drive cars
  • Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver licence
  • The L plates must be displayed clearly at the front and back of the vehicle, on the outside (or an L sign on the roof) when driving. The letter L on the plate must not be hidden.
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, and comply with the speed limit where it is lower.
  • Towing other vehicles is not permittes
  • At all times must have zero blood alcohol concentration. This means you cannot have any alcohol in your system when you drive a vehicle.
  • Must not supervise another learner driver
  • Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints
  • Must wear seatbelt at all times 
  • Not use any mobile phone, including hands-free devices or loud speaker, while driving, or while your vehicle is stopped, but not parked.

Failure to comply is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.

Demerit points apply to learner drivers. Your learner licence will be suspended or refused, if you reach or exceed 4 demerit points in a three year period.

 

Provisional P1 Licence (“Red P’s”):

As a holder of a NSW Provisional P1 Licence there are several rules that must be strictly abide by the drivers:

  • Only drive cars.
  • Display P plates  clearly on the front and back of the vehicle, on the outside. The letter P on the plate must not be hidden.
  • Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h, and observe the applicable speed limit, where it’s below 90 km/h
  • Only tow trailers up to 250 kilograms of unloaded weight.
  • At all times must have zero blood alcohol concentration. This means you cannot have any alcohol in your system when you drive a vehicle.
  • Not supervise a learner driver.
  • Ensure all passengers and yourself are using seatbelts at all times.
  • Not use any mobile phones, including hand free devices or loudspeaker, while driving or while your vehicle is stopped, but not parked.

Failure to comply is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.

Demerit points apply to P1 drivers. Your P1 licence will be suspended or refused if you reach or exceed 4 demerit points.