Australia Learner Licence

Australia Learner Licence

A learner licence is gained after: (a) the minimum driving age of 16 is met; (b) passing a touch-screen computer-based test Driver Knowledge Test; (c) provide identification; and (d) pass an eyesight test.[6] Learners are permitted to drive accompanied by a supervising unrestricted licence holder. Learners are subject to numerous restrictions: (a) a maximum speed of 90 km/h; (b) a zero blood alcohol content limit; (c) cannot tow a trailer; and (d) and must conspicuously display black-on-yellow “L-plates” on the exterior of the vehicle while driving. Learners must complete at least 120 hours of driving practice including 20 hours of night driving and hold the learner licence for at least 12 months before a provisional P1 licence is issued. Since 16 December 2009, one hour with an instructor is equal to three hours of normal driving hours until a total of ten hours with an instructor. This equates to a maximum of 30 hours which can be accumulated at an advanced rate .Since 19 December 2009, learner drivers 25 years old and over are not required to complete a learner driver log book and are exempt from the twelve-month tenure

Provisional P1 Licence

A provisional P1 licence (commonly called Ps and Reds) is gained after: (a) a minimum twelve months of holding a learner licence; (b) 120 hours (20 hours night drive between sunset and sunrise) of on-road driving experience; and (c) pass a driving test. The licence holder can drive unaccompanied but is limited to a maximum speed of 90 km/h, towing trailers of up to 250 kg  and a zero alcohol content. Red-on-white “P-plates” must be displayed while driving. P1 drivers are limited to a total of four demerit points during the term of the licence, as compared to the thirteen-point limit on unrestricted licences] P1 drivers must hold the licence for one year before progressing to the next stage.

Provisional P2 Licence

A provisional P2 licence (commonly known as Ps and Greens) is gained after one year and successful completion of a computerised hazard perception test. The driver is restricted to a speed limit of 100 km/h, a zero alcohol limit and a maximum of seven demerit points; however, they are eligible to upgrade the class of their licence, such as those for heavier vehicles.P2 drivers must conspicuously display a green-on-white “P-plate” on the exterior of the vehicle at all times. P2 drivers must hold the licence for two years before progressing to the next stage.

Full Licence
A full, unrestricted licence is gained after two years and successful completion of another computerized test. Unrestricted drivers licences are colored gold. More Read : www.darshandrivingschool.com.au

vehicles registration Condition

Conditional registration is for vehicles that don’t comply with the construction and equipment requirements of the Australian Design Rules (ADR’s) (external website) and vehicle standards; and need limited access to the road network to perform specific functions. If a vehicle that complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the ADR’s, conditional registration is not offered. Examples of vehicles requiring conditional registration include:

        • agricultural vehicles
        • construction vehicles
        • purpose built vehicles
        • oversnow vehicles
        • left-hand drive vehicles
        • Special Work Vehicles Type 1 & 2.

Conditions

If suitable operating conditions cannot be imposed on a vehicle to overcome or moderate performance deficiencies when travelling on the road network, then the vehicle will not be registered.

VicRoads has the discretion to impose any reasonable condition, consistent with ensuring safety of all road users. Conditions will be tailored to suit the particular vehicle and its use and may include:

        • requiring additional or alternative equipment
        • reducing exposure (e.g. restricting speeds, hours of use, and operating range)
        • requiring additional operative personnel or escort vehicles
        • specifying additional protective gear for occupants
        • fitting warning signs
        • restrictions on towing vehicle masses.

conditions for vehicles not ADR and vehicle standards compliant

          In addition to a standard registration certificate, label, and set of number plates; operators of conditionally registered vehicles are issued with a Certificate of Approved Operations. This outlines the conditions imposed on the vehicle when driven on a road or road related area. The

 

        are listed in the table below.
        The Certificate of Approved Operations must be carried in the vehicle at all times for enforcement purposes.

Special Work Vehicles Type 1 & 2

          Special Work Vehicles are specialised motor vehicles, primarily constructed and used for off-road transportation that:

 

    • are a light motor vehicle not constructed as a tractor; and
    • are primarily constructed for and used for off-road transportation; and
    • are undertaking agricultural, maintenance or service tasks; and
    • do not comply with the Australian Design Rules ( ADR).

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Driving instructors in VicRoads

Driving instructors, acting as an agent on behalf of their client, are regarded as a third party. All the requirements of a third party apply. Special arrangements apply to accredited training and test providers as Confidentiality Agreements are in place.

Test booking information
Licence test appointment information is not regarded as personal or commercially sensitive so may be released to a driver instructor or an agent acting on behalf of an applicant. This also permits driver instructors or agents to make test bookings on behalf of another person.

Test information will only be disclosed if the driving instructor or agent can provide the applicant’s:

  • full name and address; and
  • date of birth; and
  • licence / permit number (where applicable)
  • test appointment number (optional)

Test information that may be released:

  • test appointment number (if requested)
  • date and time of test
  • office location

Online access
Approved driving instructors may have access to VicRoads online test booking system to create, transfer and cancel appointments. Each instructor must enter into a user agreement at their local VicRoads office.
Governments, Agencies, Councils & Shires
Local, State and Federal Government Departments and Agencies including the Victorian Taxi & Tow Truck Directorate may request information from VicRoads records, in accordance with Section 92 of the Road Safety Act 1986 where:

  • the department or agency has a current active Confidentiality Agreement with VicRoads; and
  • the person requesting the confidential information is recorded as a ‘Nominated User’ in the Authorised Organisation Agreement; and
  • appropriate supporting documentation accompanying the request is supplied.

All requests for information under these arrangements need to be forwarded to and responded to by VicRoads Driver and Vehicle Services Department.

Release of information under other circumstances
Without a Confidentiality Agreement in place will be treated as a Third Party.
May be provided with information if the release of the confidential information is required, or authorised, by law.

These requests may be dealt with by any member of VicRoads in the Registration and Licensing area who has access rights to registration and licensing information.

Telephone or email
Information will be not be disclosed as express written consent from the person to which the record relates cannot be confirmed.

VicRoads Information Services Department, may by prior arrangement where positive identification of the enquirer is possible, provide information in response to phone or email requests.

Online
A number of approved government departments or agencies have online access to VicRoads records in accordance with the terms of the current, active Confidentiality Agreement.

Fax or counter service
Information may be disclosed in accordance with the requirements relating to a third party.
VicRoads Information Services Department, may by arrangements under Confidentiality Agreement, provide information in response to approved requests.

International driving permits in Victoria

International Driving Permits (IDP’s) are recommended when you intend driving overseas.

In Australia, the Government appointed the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) as the only authority to issue permits. In Victoria, the RACV, as a constituent member of the AAA, is authorised to issue IDP’s through its RACV shops (external website).

An IDP is a widely recognised document and is useful for photo identification purposes. You may also need one to rent a car overseas.

Using an International Driving Permit in Victoria
An international driving permit represents a translation of an overseas driver licence. It has no validity on its own and must accompany a current overseas driver licence issued from your home licensing authority overseas.

An international driving permit is only valid if it:

  • complies with the UN convention for International Driving Permits, and
  • is issued by the country the overseas driver licence is issued in; and
  • is accompanied by a current overseas driver licence from the same country the permit was issued in.

How does SmartRoads work

What is SmartRoads?
SmartRoads is an approach that manages competing interests for limited road space by giving priority use of the road to different transport modes at particular times of the day.

All road users will continue to have access to all roads. However, certain routes will be managed to work better for cars while others will be managed for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

SmartRoads ensures that decisions about the operation of the road network support land use and transport planning and better consider the effects on the surrounding community, Victoria’s key activity centres and the environment.

SmartRoads uses a set of guiding principles to establish the priority use of roads by transport mode, time, and place of activity. These priority movements are then assigned to arterial roads across the network forming SmartRoads Network Operating Plan.

Under SmartRoads:

  • Pedestrians will be encouraged by facilitating good pedestrian access into and within activity centres in periods of high demand.
  • Trams and buses are given priority on key public transport routes that link activity centres during morning and afternoon peak periods.
  • Cars will be encouraged to use alternative routes around activity centres to reduce the level of ‘through’ traffic.
  • Bicycles will be encouraged through further developing the bicycle network.
  • While trucks will have full access to the arterial road network, they will be given priority on important transport routes that link freight hubs and at times that reduce conflict with other transport modes.

new driving course for young drivers

Young drivers will be offered the chance to learn more about road safety and reduce their logbook driving hours under a raft of changes by the NSW Government covering Learner licences.

Learners who take part in a new Safer Drivers Course and also have professional lessons will be able to reduce their compulsory supervised driving hours from 120 to 80.

Learners will also be allowed, from 1 July 2013, to travel up to 90km/h instead of 80km/h, giving them more supervised driving experience on higher speed roads in preparation for their graduation to P-Plates.

This follows a recommendation by the Auditor General to review learner speed limits.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the Safer Drivers Course, which will become available to Learners from July, will involve both theoretical and practical coaching.

“It also teaches learner drivers about gauging road conditions, seeing issues that could affect them and making safe decisions,” he said.

“This is a first step in rewarding the state’s younger drivers for learning safer behaviour behind the wheel.

“Young drivers are tragically over-represented in the NSW road toll and we want to ensure they are all given the opportunity to learn about road safety while they are still learning the basics of driving.”

Mr Gay said the course would be gradually rolled out based on community uptake and the availability of service providers.

“We’ve carried out market research with parents and learner drivers who believe the course will benefit them,” he said.

“They have told us it tackles the very aspects beginners face when they first start driving.
“The course deals with different road conditions, understanding factors beyond a driver’s control and also helps identify risks on the road.

“We recommend that learners enrol in the course when they have 50 hours completed in their logbook. By that stage they will have basic driving skills and will understand and appreciate the lessons they will be taught.

“This is a different approach to conventional driver training which focuses more on the mechanics of driving and road rules.”

A board of road safety experts including representatives from Centre for Road Safety, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police, road safety researchers and education specialists developed the course.

The course has also been supported by an advisory panel which included industry and community representatives including NRMA, driver trainer associations and community based road safety education providers.

“The course will help those young drivers who struggle to log 120 hours behind the wheel while on their L-plates while at the same time addressing safety issues they will face when they first drive solo,” the Minister said.

The cost of the course will be capped at an affordable price for each participant and any additional cost of delivering the course will be covered by the Community Road Safety Fund, which has been established to ensure infringement revenue directly finances road safety initiatives.

The board identified options to help young drivers from remote, lower socio-economic and Aboriginal communities meet the requirements to qualify for their P-plates.

Work on these options is underway. A pilot of a restricted provisional driver’s licence for young people in three remote NSW communities west of the Newell Highway will also begin in July.

Under 25-year-olds in those remote areas will be able to obtain a provisional drivers licence, only for the purpose of driving to work, education and medical appointments. They can only be given the restricted licence if they have passed the driving test and completed at least 50 supervised driving hours.

Holding yourdriving licence after you have turned 75

If you are a Queensland driver licence holder 75 years of age or older, you must only drive while carrying, and driving in accordance with a current Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver form (F3712). This is mandatory regardless of whether or not you have a medical condition.

If your doctor has recommended conditions for you when driving, your medical certificate must state those conditions. You must abide by these conditions when driving.

Fines apply for driving outside the conditions of your licence.

How long does my medical certificate last?

How long your medical certificate lasts depends on whether you have a medical condition, and how often that condition requires monitoring.

This is a decision that only your doctor can make. A medical certificate may be issued for a few months or for up to five years.

You will still be eligible to apply for a driver licence that lasts for up to five years, regardless of how long your medical certificate is issued for. However, you must ensure you only drive while carrying, and in accordance with a current medical certificate.

Fines apply for driving without holding a current medical certificate and driving outside the conditions of your licence.

Will I be reminded to get a medical certificate?

If you are turning 75 years of age and hold a current licence, you may receive a letter from the department approximately six weeks before your 75th birthday advising you of the need to hold, and carry, a current medical certificate if you wish to continue driving.

When details of your medical certificate are recorded by the department, a reminder is generally forwarded approximately six weeks before the certificate’s expiry date.

However, the reminder is sent as a courtesy and should not be the only source relied upon as a reminder to obtain a new medical certificate.

The review/expiry date should be clearly documented on the medical certificate carried by you while driving.