P1 drivers have limited experience and need to devote their attention to the driving task. Removing distractions like peer passengers is a proven way to help reduce distractions and protect new drivers.
Who is a peer passenger?
A peer passenger is someone aged between 16 and 21 years old, but does not include:
- family members, such as a spouse, domestic partner, sibling or step-sibling;
- has an experienced driver who holds a full licence sitting beside them and is able to provide instruction;
- Tasmania Police or emergency services workers that are driving in the course of their duties;
- anyone younger than 16; and
- anyone older than 21.
You can carry these people as passengers without needing an exemption.
Are there exemptions?
There are automatic exemptions (no need to apply) if you are a P1 driver under 25 and need to carry more than one passenger aged 16 to 21 for the following reasons:
- essential activities (such as education or medical purposes); or
- family circumstances.
The driver will need to demonstrate that the passengers do not meet the definition of a peer passenger, or where there are valid reasons for an exemption.