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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:

  • employment;
  • 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.