What will new South Australian P Plate laws really mean?
Importantly, the Learner driver age of 16 years and requirements will all stay the same.
Passenger restrictions and Curfew will apply to all P1 drivers, not just those who have done the wrong thing.
Much bigger incentive to do the right thing, drive safely and move to P2 as soon as possible. The new restrictions do not apply to P2 licensed drivers.
Drivers must spend a minimum of 2 years on P2 licence.
Licence regression will go. No more ‘stepping back’. No more Theory Test or Driving Test to get Learner or P Plates back after disqualification.
Not much will change for Learners.
16 years is a good age to start. Young people can gain some independence around the time they need it most and generally have access to supervising drivers because they are still living at home.
12 months is enough time to gain reasonable experience with out being so long that every one loses focus on the process.
75 hours is a believable and achievable number which gives some level of preparation for solo driving.
Only change is the Hazard Perception Test will have to be passed before getting P1.
Big changes for all P1 drivers.
Curfew and only one ‘young’ passenger. There will be a lot of parents secretly very happy about this initiative.
More incentive to move up to P2.
P2 drivers can drive their friends around and travel later at night BUT will have to be on P2 for an additional year.
Note: The additional year requirement will not apply to drivers who are on P1 or P2 licence before 28th July 2014.
No more tests to get licenses back again.
Getting your licence back after disqualification will be much simpler. No more sitting the Test again or going back a step, just go in to Service SA and get your permit or licence back after the disqualification period.
When will it all start?
“Later in 2014” is the best we have at the moment. DPTI say they will let us know when all this comes into effect on their My Licence website.