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P1 Passenger Restrictions

Passenger carrying restrictions

P1 drivers under 25 will be restricted to carrying one peer passenger aged 16-21 years old.

P1 drivers have limited experience and still need to devote their attention to driving.  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
  • an experienced driver who holds a full licence (the same as a supervisory driver)
  • Tasmania Police or emergency services workers that are driving in the course of their duties
  • anyone younger than 16
  • 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 medial purposes)
  • family circumstances.

We will provide more information about the exemptions as the changes are made.

The FAQs have more information for current licence holders.