Understanding L & P Plate Driver Restrictions In NSW | LTrent Lessons

Understanding L & P Plate Driver Restrictions In NSW

Understanding L & P Plate Driver Restrictions In NSW | LTrent Driving Lessons

The rules for young drivers in NSW can be a bit confusing and can differ between Australian states or territories. Whether you’re a learner driver and you’ve just gotten your learners license and L plates, or you’re on a P1 licence or P2 licence and have your provisional license in NSW, you may be wondering what restrictions apply to you. 

In this article, the team at LTrent Driving School will take a look at a few restrictions that apply to young drivers with L & P plates in NSW. Learn more about road safety and the restrictions that may apply to you! 

Restrictions For L Plate Drivers In NSW

If you have an L plate and a learner licence in NSW, you must abide by all of the following restrictions:

  • You may only drive cars (vehicles under 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight). This vehicle restriction applies to all learners
  • You must be supervised while driving at all times by an Australian driver with a full licence (not provisional or learner)
  • You must display your L plate clearly on the front and back of your car, on the outside, or have an L sign on your roof while you drive
  • You must always observe the posted speed limit, and you may not exceed speeds of 90 km/h
  • You may not use mobile phones for any reason while driving, including hands-free modes, or when stopped but not parked
  • You may not tow a trailer or other vehicle
  • You may never have a blood alcohol limit exceeding 0.00 while driving
  • You may not supervise another learner driver
  • You may only carry as many passengers as fit in your seats with proper restraints (such as seat belts or child restraints
  • You may not drive in Centennial or Parramatta Park (Sydney)

Note that if you break these rules, you may be penalized and earn demerits. Your learner’s licence will be suspended if you get more than 4 demerit points in a period of 3 years. 

P1 Plate Drivers Restrictions In NSW

You can get your P1 provisional licences as soon as:

  • You pass your driving test and the HPT (hazard perception test) 
  • You have driven for 120 hours including 20 hours of night driving
  • You have held your learner’s licence for at least 12 months

You will be able to drive alone, but must still obey a number of regulations from NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services.

  • You must display your P2 plates clearly
  • You may only drive cars
  • You may not drive high performance vehicles (learn more here)
  • You may not exceed speeds of 90 km/h
  • You may tow trailers up to 250 kg of unloaded weight. A P Plate must be displayed on the rear of the trailer
  • You may not have any alcohol in your system
  • All vehicle occupants must be restrained properly
  • You may not supervise a learner driver
  • You may not use any mobile phone while driving, or while stopped but not parked
  • You may only drive automatic transmission vehicles (if this is the type of vehicle in which you took your driver course and driving test

In addition, you may only carry one passenger under 21 between 11 pm and 5 am if you’re under 25, with a few exceptions. 

P2 Plate Restrictions In NSW

After holding your P1 licence for 12 months, you can apply to upgrade to a P2 licence. The restrictions for this include:

  • You must display your P2 plates clearly
  • You cannot drive high performance vehicles
  • You must observe posted speed limits and cannot exceed speeds of 100 km/h
  • You may not have any alcohol in your system while driving
  • You may not supervise a learner driver
  • All occupants including yourself must be restrained properly with seat belts or child restraints
  • You may not use any mobile phone while driving, or when your car is stopped but not parked

Once you have held your P2 licence for 24 months, you may upgrade to a full driving licence.

Learn More About L, P1 And P2 Licences With A Driving Course!

At LTrent Driving School, we specialise in educating new drivers. To get more details about licence restrictions, learn about safe driving practices and more, have a look at our available courses or book some time with a driving instructor today.

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