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Speed is a major cause of road crashes. Drive within the speed limit at all times. Between 2003 and 2007 speed was a crash factor in 14% of all fatal crashes among novice drivers.

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L1 car licence holder or Motorcycle learner or Motorcycle P1 licence holder exceeding 80 km/h speed limit

  • If you break this law, you'll lose demerit points and pay a fine
  • Remember, if you lose 4 demerit points, you'll lose your novice licence and you won't be allowed to drive

L2 car or P1 car licence holder exceeding the maximum speed limit of


90km/h in 90km/h speed zone

90km/h in a 100km/h speed zone

100 km/h in a 110km/h speed zone;

  • If you break this law, you'll lose demerit points and pay a fine
  • Remember, if you lose 4 demerit points, you'll lose your novice licence and you won't be allowed to drive

Fail to display L or P plates

  • If you don't display your L or P plates on both the front and back of your car (or the back of your motorcycle), then you will lose demerit points and pay a fine. You may also have your P1 licence restarted (see restarts below). 
  • Remember, if you lose 4 demerit points you lose your novice licence and you won't be allowed to drive

Drive with alcohol or drugs in body

  • If you break this law, you'll have to appear in Court to face a Magistrate who will impose a penalty - the minimum penalty is losing your licence and paying a fine

Novice Case Management

If you are a novice driver who shows a repeated pattern of driving behaviour contrary to the safety of themselves and other road users (e.g. repeated licence disqualifications/suspensions) may be placed on Novice Case Management.

This may mean you have additional requirements or conditions placed onto your licence such as (these are some examples only of the different requirements or conditions you may experience if placed onto case management.  Please note conditions and requirements are not limited to those listed below and not every condition or requirement listed below will be applied to each individual.)

  • Completion of educational courses or drug/alcohol counselling
  • Medical reviews
  • Periodic monitoring to ensure no further driving offences have been committed
  • Licence conditions such as time or purpose restrictions being imposed on the licence. This gives the client the opportunity to demonstrate their behaviour has changed and they can drive within the Law/road rules while still accessing employment, education and community activities
  • Extension of novice licence periods (L1, L2, P1, P2)
  • Peer or passenger restrictions
  • Night time driving curfews
  • Additional log book hours being required before being able to sit for a P1 licence

see Novice Case Management FAQ's for further information what will happen if you are placed on Novice Case Management.

P1 Restart

If you commit any of these offences while you're in the P1 stage, then you will have to start that stage all over again (as well as pay a fine and lose demerit points):

  • failing to wear seatbelt
  • using a mobile phone while driving
  • speeding 10 km/h or more over the speed limit
  • failing to ride only a learner approved motorcycle (LAM)
  • failing to display P plates
  • failing to wear an approved helmet (motorcycle only)

If you commit one of these offences during the P1 stage, but you have moved on to the P2 stage by the time you are convicted for the offence, then you'll have to stay in the P2 stage for a longer period.

Important
If you hold a full licence and a P1 licence and commit a P1 restart offence, your P1 licence will be restarted no matter which vehicle you commit the offence in.

For Restart FAQ's further information on P1 restarts

Car learner drive without appropriate supervising driver

  • If you're a learner and you drive without a supervising driver, or your supervising driver is not an appropriate person then you will lose your licence and pay a fine
  • Check out who is an appropriate person to supervise your driving

Car learner (L1 & L2) tow another vehicle or trailer

  • If you break this law, you'll have to appear in Court to face a Magistrate who will impose a penalty - the minimum penalty is losing your licence and paying a fine

Motorcycle learner or person in P1 stage failing to ride a learner approved motorcycle

Motorcycle learner or person in P1 stage illegally carrying another person

  • If you break this law, you'll have to pay a fine