Department of State GrowthTransport

Driving Assessments

DRIVING ASSESSMENT BOOKINGS SUSPENDED

The Department is committed to ensuring the safety of clients and staff during the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this stage, future bookings either online or at Service Tasmania have been suspended. We will continue to monitor advice from the relevant authorities about this evolving global situation and will immediately open bookings when appropriate to do so.

All current bookings have been cancelled (with no exceptions). Refunds for P1 Driving Assessments are available upon request – Please email driver.assessment@stategrowth.tas.gov.au, otherwise payment can be used for next booking. All payments for L2 Assessments will be refunded automatically as the requirement for the L2 Driving Assessment has been removed. More information on the L1-L2 licensing pathway can be found here.

When driving assessment services recommence, priority booking will be given to clients who had already booked.  The Department will contact affected clients.

Online Driving Assessments

Currently unavailable pending further advice.

Authorised Driving Assessors

Some private driving schools continue to offer P1 Driving Assessments, however some may have chosen to suspend this service due to COVID-19. Follow the link to find an Authorised Driving Assessor - Authorised P1 Driving Assessors (PDF) and call them directly.

L2 Driver Licence Application

You are no longer required to sit the L2 Driving Assessment - You can apply to progress to the next licensing stage (L2) by simply filling in our online form.  To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have completed a minimum period of three consecutive months on your L1 learner licence
  • Your learner licence is current
  • You are not currently disqualified from driving
  • Your learner licence is not currently suspended

You will be required to provide a brief statement on your practical driving experience as an L1 licence holder.  You will be notified electronically when your application has been approved and you will receive the L2 licence card in the mail free of charge.

It is strongly recommended you complete 80 supervised driving hours in a logbook, including 15 at night .

It is important to continue to log your hours.

Frequently Asked Questions - Response to COVID-19

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Will these changes impact on road safety outcomes?

A

Young drivers continue to be overrepresented in road crash statistics. Evidence shows that the more experience that a young driver achieves during their learning stage, the less likely they will be involved in a crash once they begin driving solo. Gaining 80 to 120 hours of driving practice significantly reduces a learner’s risk of a crash when they start driving solo

Driving is a complex skill and the more practice a learner gains, the safer they will be when they start driving solo. There is no substitute for on-road practice.

Tasmania is the only jurisdiction which has an L2 Assessment and its removal will not impact road safety outcomes. The increase in log book hours however will have positive gains for road safety.

Q

Can I still learn to drive during the COVID19 restrictions?

A

Learning to drive is considered a learning activity. If you are supervising a learner driver you must still adhere to the COVID19 restrictions. This means:

  • only driving with a learner that you live or work with
  • only driving in the municipality that you live in, or are travelling to for work purposes, and
  • only stopping for essential reasons. If you do not have an essential reason to stop anywhere, you should not exit the vehicle during your lesson.

No one should be visiting outside of their region or be away from their home without an essential reason. We all need to be sensible to help reduce the spread of COVID19.

Remember it is important to continue to log your supervised driving hours in your logbook.

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Can I still undertake the Driver Knowledge Test to get a learner licence?

A

Yes. As long as Service Tasmania shops remain open (outside of the NW region and Oatlands), you can still undertake a Driver Knowledge Test. Further information can be found here.

In line with new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, Service Tasmania shops in Burnie, Devonport, Smithton, Queenstown, Sheffield, Ulverstone and Wynyard are currently closed. State Growth is investigating alternative solutions to undertake the Driver Knowledge Test in the event these closures continue for an extended period.

Q

What if I have my L1 but am not ready to progress?

A

If you are not ready there is no need to apply to progress to L2 beyond your ability or confidence levels. If you have just received your L1 licence all you need to do is start recording your logbook hours.

You can apply online to progress to the next licensing stage after three months. It is recommend that you record 80 supervised driving hours in a logbook over the combined L1 and L2 stages, including 15 at night. This is consistent with previously announced changes to eligibility requirements for the P1 Driving Assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.

Q

What if I already have my L1 licence and am ready to take the L2 Driving Assessment?

A

You are no longer required to sit the L2 Driving Assessment.

You can apply online to progress to the L2 stage and it is recommended that you complete 80 supervised driving hours in a logbook, including 15 at night. This is consistent with previously announced changes to eligibility requirements for the P1 Driving Assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.

It is important to continue to log your hours.

Q

Can I still access private driving lessons?

A

Some private driving schools continue to be offer lessons to learner driver licence holders. Many however have made the decision to suspend this service due to COVID19.

Any changes to this will be advised to driving schools and the public.

Q

How many logbook hours will I need if I’m a current L2 licence holder?

A

Current L2 licence holders will continue to be able to sit their P1 Driving Assessment after a minimum of 50 supervised and logged hours, over a minimum nine month period.

It’s recommended that L2 licence holders take this time to get more on-road experience, including 15 hours at night, in preparation for the P1 Driving Assessment.

Q

Is there any cost to apply for L2 online?

A

No.

Q

Will I be issued with a new L2 licence card?

A

Yes. Your L2 licence will be posted to your home address by the Department of State Growth.

Q

Can I still sit an L2 or P1 Driving Assessment?

A

The requirement for the L2 Driving Assessment has been removed and current and future L1 licence holders will no longer be required to undertake the assessment to progress through the licensing pathway.

Some private driving schools continue to offer L2 and P1 Driving Assessments, however many have chosen to suspend this service due to COVID19. Please contact private driving schools directly to ascertain if this service is still available to you.

All driving school services are currently suspended in the North West.

Q

Can I still sit an L2 or P1 Driving Assessment with government driving assessors?

A

All practical driving assessments with government driving assessors have been suspended.

All previously booked clients have been cancelled, with no exceptions. Further information on the government Driving Assessors for the P1 Driving Assessment can be found here.

The requirement for the L2 Driving Assessment has been removed and current and future L1 licence holders will no longer be required to undertake the assessment to progress through the licensing pathway.

Q

When will P1 Driving Assessments with government driving assessors recommence?

A

The COVID19 emergency is moving rapidly. Our response is based on informed advice from the Tasmanian Health Service and the Australian Government Department of Health.

This service is suspended until further notice. The situation will be assessed regularly, however at this stage it is not known when the service will recommence. When the service recommences, the booking application will re‑open online.

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When bookings for the P1 Driving Assessment re-open, will the Department prioritise those who already had a booking?

A

When the above service recommences, priority will be given to those who had a previous booking and were cancelled. The Department of State Growth will contact those affected regarding this at a later stage.

When services recommence the department expects there will be a high-demand.

The department is currently working on a renewed assessment service that will streamline the process and reduce the wait time for the assessment.

Q

What is the Government doing to reduce wait times for the P1 Driving Assessment when it recommences?

A

Along with removing the L2 Driving Assessment which will free up resources to deliver P1 Driving Assessments, we are developing a business support package to upskill Authorised Driving Assessors (ADAs) to deliver the P1 Driving Assessment.

This will occur through the expansion of the Enhanced P1 Pilot. This will increase the number of ADAs able to deliver the P1 Driving Assessment and minimise wait times.

We are currently working the best way to manage the expected high demand for P1 Assessments once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Q

Where can I find information on being a supervisory driver and the learner driver logbook?

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The Supervisory Drivers’ Handbook is the guide to teach your learner to drive. You can access the book online here.

The L2 Logbook can be used to log all of your on-road practical driving experience. You can access the book online here.

Q

Are there any changes to motorcycle licensing?

A

At this stage there is no change to getting a learner motorcycle licence. Advice will be provided if this changes.

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