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Keeping new drivers safer on our roads

With a push to improve road safety, the licensing system is about to change to give learner drivers more on-road experience. We take a took at the changes and how they'll help to keep drivers safe as they start their life behind the wheel.

Learning to drive is an important life skill. And while getting your driver's license is an exciting time, it's also a little daunting learning the mechanics of a car and the rules of the road all at once.

With drivers more at risk of having a crash when they first start driving solo, Tasmania's Graduated Licensing System is being updated. We believe these changes are a positive step in helping to reduce the risk and save lives. 

What will be changing?

  • You’ll have to log at least 30 hours of supervised driving on your L1s.
  • You’ll also have to log at least 15 hours of supervised night-time driving on your L2s.
  • Before moving onto your P1s, you’ll have to complete an online hazard perception test.
  • Hands-free devices will be banned for L and P platers.
  • If you’re on your P1s, there will be a restriction on how many passengers you can have in the car.

Why are the changes important?

The changes to the system allow drivers more time to practice in different conditions. They'll also help reduce distraction and give learners more time to increase their driving skills. 

We support any initiative that will make our roads safer and reduce the number of young people involved in serious crashes.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, head over to the Department of State Growth's website for more details.