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What has changed

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

In response to COVID-19 the Tasmanian Government has announced changes to enable existing and new L1 licence holders to continue to progress through the Graduated Licensing System.

These changes enable L1 licence holders to progress to an L2 licence without completing an L2 Practical Driving Assessment. This will reduce the number of face-to-face presentations at Service Tasmania and the cost of obtaining a licence.

It is strongly recommended that learner licence holders log at least 80 logbook hours (including 15 night-hours) in the combined learner stage. This is consistent with previously announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the P1 Driving Assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.

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L1 or L2 licences that expire in the next six months will automatically be extended through until 30 September 2020.

For more information on Driving Assessments please refer to the Transport website page – Driving Assessments.

1If you are yet to enter the licensing system

You will need to successfully complete the Driver Knowledge Test at a Service Tasmania shopfront to obtain an L1 learner licence. Please refer to Getting a Licence for more information on obtaining an L1 learner licence.

Once you obtain an L1 learner licence you will need to hold the licence for a minimum of three continuous months.

You need to start recording your supervised hours in a learner logbook now. This will ensure that you are building up your supervised driving hours in your logbook and are prepared to sit the P1 Driving Assessment once eligible.

Once you have held the licence for a period of three continuous months you can apply to the Department for an L2 licence. Applications can be made online and you will need to provide a brief statement on your practical driving experience as an L1 licence holder.

You will not have to complete an L2 Practical Driving Assessment to progress from an L1 licence to an L2 licence.

You will have to hold an L2 licence for a period of nine continuous months before you can attempt a P1 Practical Driving Assessment.

Before attempting a P1 Practical Driving Assessment it is strongly recommended you log 80 logbook hours (including 15 night-hours) in the combined learner stage (L1 and L2). This is consistent with previously announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the P1 Driving Assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.

2If you are an L1 licence holder

If you are currently the holder of a Tasmanian L1 licence you will remain on that licence until you have held the licence for a minimum of three continuous months.

If you are not already doing so, you need to record your driving hours in a learner logbook now. This will ensure that you are building up your supervised driving hours in your logbook and are prepared to sit the P1 Driving Assessment once eligible.

Once the three months has passed you can apply to the Department to progress to an L2 licence. Applications can be made online. You will need to provide a brief statement on your practical driving experience as an L1 licence holder.

You will not have to complete an L2 Practical Driving Assessment to progress from an L1 licence to an L2 licence.

You will have to hold an L2 licence for a period of nine continuous months before you can attempt a P1 Practical Driving Assessment.

Before attempting a P1 Practical Driving Assessment it is strongly recommended you log 80 logbook hours (including 15 night-hours) in the combined learner stage (L1 and L2). This is consistent with previously announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the P1 Driving Assessment which are expected to be implemented from December 2020.

3If you are an L2 licence holder

If you are currently the holder of a Tasmanian L2 licence you will continue with your existing licence process.

This means you will need to hold the licence for a minimum of nine continuous months and log at least 50 compulsory logbook hours in the L2 stage.

Once you have held the licence for a period of nine continuous months and have logged 50 on-road hours you can attempt a P1 Practical Driving Assessment.

For more information on driving assessments please refer to the Driving Assessments webpage.

4If you are P1 or P2 licence holder

There are currently no changes to P1 or P2 licence holders in response to COVID-19.

You can continue to progress through your licence as required.

5FAQs

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

For more information on P1 Driving Assessments please refer to the Driving Assessments webpage.

Q

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

A

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.