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Authorised Driving Assessors – P1 Assessments

On September 30 2019 the authority to undertake P1 driving assessments was extended to a select number of suitably qualified car driving instructors as part of the Enhanced P1 Pilot. The option of undertaking your P1 assessment with a Government Driving Assessor is still available.

P1 and other car assessments will continue to be undertaken by Government Driving Assessors.

If you wish to undertake a P1 assessment with an Authorised Driving Assessor you will need to contact and pay the Authorised Driving Assessor direct. You will not need to go to Service Tasmania until you have successfully completed your assessment.

The cost of undertaking the P1 assessment is the same whether you go with a Government Driving Assessor or an Authorised Driving Assessor - view more fee information here. Authorised Driving Assessors may charge additional fees such as hire of their vehicle or other costs.

P1 Assessments with an Authorised Driving Assessor can be undertaken during daylight hours. They also have the flexibility to undertake P1 assessments 6 days a week.

Follow the link to find an Authorised Driving Assessor - Authorised P1 Driving Assessors (PDF).

What are the reasons for allowing Authorised Driving Assessors to undertake P1 Driving Assessments?

In May 2018, the Government announced the delivery model for light vehicle provisional driving assessments. The commitment stated:

‘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 P1 driving licence. Allowing appropriately qualified private sector driving instructors to conduct the P1 Licensing Assessment will help remove these barriers.’

It is anticipated that waiting times for P1 assessments will reduce, particularly in regional and rural Tasmania, so that novice drivers can progress through the licensing system sooner without compromising road safety. It will also provide greater flexibility for supervisory drivers.

How do I know a Driving Assessor is qualified to undertake a P1 Driving Assessment?

All Authorised Driving Assessors selected for the Enhanced P1 Assessment Pilot are listed on the Transport website and should have an Ancillary Certificate in Driving Instruction Identification Card with the endorsement of P1 assessment clearly displayed when undertaking an assessment

Will there be any difference in the assessment?

No, whether you go with a Government Driving Assessor or an Authorised Driving Instructor you will be assessed by the same guidelines.

All assessments must be conducted using an approved route which is designed to allow a driver to demonstrate the required skills. The Department of State Growth has approved additional routes to enable Authorised Driving Instructors state wide to undertake the assessments.

Can I use my own Vehicle?

You need to contact an Authorised Driving Instructor. This is a business decision made by individual Authorised Driving Instructor. If undertaking the assessment with a Government Driving Assessor you have to use your own vehicle.

I currently have a booking for a P1 Assessment! Can I change it and go with an Authorised Driving Instructor?

Yes, to apply for your refund, you need to take your receipt into Service Tasmania at least 2 business days prior to your scheduled assessment with the Government Driving Assessor and apply for the refund.

Unfortunately you will not receive your refund in cash. It will be sent to you through the mail. You should receive a cheque within 10 working days, there are no cash refunds.

You then need to book and pay for your assessment through your Authorised Driving Instructor.  They will not be able to access any money you paid to Service Tasmania.

Cancellation of Government Driving Assessment within two days without a medical certificate or compelling reason that must be substantiated will not be eligible for a refund. You will need to email driver.assessment@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

What do I do if I pass my P1 Assessment with an Authorised Driving Instructor?

You will be given:

  • a Car P1 Driver Licence Assessment Summary Record*

You need to take this document together with EOI and the P1 licence fee to Service Tasmania to get your P1 licence issued.

*The Car P1 Driver Licence Assessment Summary Record is not a licence to drive. You must upgrade your licence at Service Tasmania before you can drive on your own.

If I fail my P1 driving assessment how long do I need to wait before I can rebook?

If you fail your assessment you can rebook your assessment in the next available P1 assessment booking. However, it is recommended that you allow sufficient time between assessments for further practice.

What if I have a concern about a P1 assessment or an Authorised Driving Instructor?

You should first contact the Authorised Driving Instructor to try and address the issue. If you aren't satisfied with how the Authorised Driving Instructor has handled your complaint, you can contact the Department of State Growth by emailing lvcompliance@stategrowth.tas.gov.au. You will need to provide details of your concerns (e.g. date, time, place, details of Authorised Driving Instructor etc).