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General

  1. Why change the current system?
  2. Who is affected by the Novice Reforms?
  3. When will the reforms become effective?
  4. Will there be any change to L and P plates?

1. Why change the current system?

Reducing the number of road crashes involving young Tasmanians is important to the Tasmanian Government. The best evidence and research clearly shows that the most effective way of doing this is by ensuring young drivers have as much supervised driving in the learner period as possible.

2. Who is affected by the Novice Reforms?

The novice licensing reforms apply to all novice car drivers and novice motorcycle riders.

A novice driver or novice rider is a person who has never held a full car or rider licence.

To be eligible to obtain a full car driver licence a person must complete the Learner (L1 & L2 stages) and Provisional (P1 & P2 stages) periods.

To be eligible to obtain a full rider licence a person must complete the Learner and Provisional (P1 & P2 stages) periods.  A rider is not subject to an L1 period.

3. When did the reforms take effect?

Phase 2 of the novice licensing reforms were implemented on the 27th of April 2009.

4. Will there be any change to L and P plates?

There is no change to the requirement to display L Plates or P Plates as a result of the Novice Reforms.

A person in the L1 or L2 stage is required to display an L Plate (front and rear for a car and rear only for a motorcycle) with a black L and yellow background.

A person in the P1 stage is required to display a P Plate (front and rear for a car and rear only for a motorcycle) with a red P and white background. A P2 licence holder is not required to display P Plates.