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The Pilot commenced in September 2019 with an expansion occurring in June 2020 in response to the impact of COVID-19. Additional private sector assessors joining the Pilot will enable learner drivers to access Provisional driving assessments in more locations and more often across Tasmania.

In addition to the expansion, the Pilot has also been extended through till 31 March 2021 which will enable the Tasmanian Government to gain a greater insight into the delivery model and will assist in determining if Provisional driving assessments delivered by the private sector is a viable delivery model.

For more information on the P1 Pilot or if you would like to provide feedback please contact P1@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

1How does the Enhanced P1 Assessment Pilot work?

Under the Pilot, private sector assessors are authorised by the Tasmanian Registrar of Motor Vehicles to deliver Provisional driving assessments.

The Provisional driving assessment delivered by private sector assessors is the same assessment as that delivered by government assessors.

A learner can book an assessment with a private sector assessor by contacting them directly. View a full list of authorised private sector assessors.

You can also find all private sector assessors on the interactive P1 Assessment Locations map.

For more information on booking driving assessments visit the driving assessment page.

2Separation of instruction and assessment

To ensure that the Pilot operates with integrity, all private sector assessors can only assess learners who they have not provided any training, supervision or instruction to during the learner’s L2 stage of licensure.*

If you have been provided training, supervision or instruction with a private sector assessor during the L1 stage of licensure then you can still sit your P1 assessment with that private sector assessor.

*Exceptional circumstances apply where some private sector assessors are authorised to conduct P1 assessments where training, supervision or instruction has been provided during the L2 stage of licensure.

3Why is there an Enhanced P1 Assessment Pilot?

As part of the First Year Agenda of May 2018, the Tasmanian Government announced the delivery model for light vehicle Provisional driving assessments by the private sector.

“A key barrier and frustration for young drivers, particularly in rural and regional areas, is waiting times for initial testing and re-testing, if required, to achieve a P1 driving licence. Allowing appropriately qualified private-sector driving instructors to conduct the P1 Licensing Assessment will help remove these barriers.”

The Enhanced P1 Assessment Pilot Delivery Model has been developed as a result of this election commitment. The Pilot will guide the full implementation of an Enhanced P1 Assessment Delivery Model.

4What fees are charged by private sector assessors?

Private sector assessors can only charge the P1 assessment fee for a P1 Assessment.

However, private sector assessors may also charge additional fees for:

  • Hire of an assessment vehicle
  • A car familiarisation session
  • Assessing in your vehicle (or a driving school’s vehicle)
  • Other fees for services (such as fees for rural travel, administration or booking fees)

Be sure to confirm what fees you will be charged for a P1 assessment before booking with a private sector assessor.

5What services are provided by private sector assessors?

Services provided by private sector assessors vary.

Car familiarisation session 

Some private sector assessors require or offer to undertake a car familiarisation session prior to conducting the assessment. This session provides the opportunity for an assessor or a learner driver to become comfortable with the vehicle and assessment environment prior to commencing the assessment.

A fee may be charged for conducting this session.

Access

Some private sector assessors offer to pick you up from a location of your preference. This means that you won’t necessarily have to organise the travel to an assessment location to take your P1 assessment.

A fee may be charged depending on where you request to be pick-up from.

Locations

Private sector assessors are authorised to undertake P1 assessments at various locations across Tasmania. A private sector assessor may be able to provide you with a P1 assessment at an assessment location near you sooner than government assessors.

To check which private sector assessors can undertake assessments in certain locations please refer to the P1 Assessment Locations map.

Assessment times

Private sector assessors are authorised to provide P1 assessments on all 7 days of the week.

They also offer P1 assessments during broader hours which may suit more learners trying to find the time to take their P1 assessment.

It is best to confirm the fees and services provided with a private sector assessor before booking an assessment.