On the road

Graduated change

In May, the State Government announced it would be moving to an enhanced Graduated Licensing System (GLS) for learner drivers by the end of 2020.

We take a look at the differences in the current and enhanced rules for Tasmania, as well as what you need to know if you are driving interstate.

 

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Tasmanian learners will be faced with a new Graduated Licensing Scheme by the end of 2020.

Current GLS

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 50

Hazard perception test: Nil

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Permitted

Peer passenger limits: Nil

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits:

L1s: 80km/h

L2s and P1s: 90km/h in 90km/h and 100km/h zones; 100km/h in 110km/h zones.

P2s: Posted speed limit

 

New GLS

Supervised driving hours:

L1s: 30

L2s: 50

Night: 15

Hazard perception test: Required before P1s test

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Not permitted

Peer passenger limits: 

P1s (aged under 25): One aged 16-21*

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits:

L1s: 80km/h

L2s and P1s: 90km/h in 90km/h and 100km/h zones; 100km/h in 110km/h zones.

P2s: Posted speed limit

*There are exemptions for family members, fully licensed drivers, and emergency services workers on duty. There are also educational, familial, medical and employment exemptions.

 

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Be sure to check the rules when travelling interstate.

Planning on travelling when on your Ls or Ps?

You must obey both the conditions on your own licence and those in the state you're visiting.

As a general rule, you should follow whichever is stricter if they are different.

Below we've compared each Australian state. The data is correct at the time of print, but it could change. 

We suggest you check the relative state's transport department just to make sure. 

 

 

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Western Australia learner driver rules.
Vector image of little yellow car with SA number plates and a P plate up on the back window.
South Australia learner driver rules.

 

Western Australia

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 50 (including five at night)

Hazard perception test: Required

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Permitted

Peer passenger limits: Nil

Night-time driving restrictions:

Ps: Midnight to 5am for first six months*

Speed limits:

Ls: 100km/h

Ps: 110km/h

*Work, educational and familial exemptions apply.

 

South Australia

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 75 (including 15 at night)

Hazard perception test: Required 

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Not permitted for Ls and P1s

Peer passenger limits: 

P1s (aged under 25): One aged 16-20

Night-time driving restrictions:

P1s (aged under 25): Midnight to 5am*

Speed limits:

Ls and Ps: 100 km/h

*Work, educational and familial exemptions apply.

 

 

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New South Wales learner driver rules.
Vector image of little green car with QLD number plates and an L plate up on the back window.
Queensland learner driver rules.

New South Wales

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 120 (including 20 at night)

Hazard perception test: Required

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones:

Ls and P1s: Not permitted

P2s: Permitted for calls and audio only

Peer passenger limits: 

P1s (aged under 25): One aged under 21 between 11pm - 5am

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits:

L2s and P1s: 90km/h

P2s: 100km/h  

Queensland

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 100 (including 10 at night)

Hazard perception test: Required 

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones:

Ls and P1s: Not permitted

P2s: Permitted for calls and audio only

Peer passenger limits: 

P1s (aged under 25): One aged under 21 between 11pm - 5am

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits: Posted limits apply

 

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Victoria learner driver rules.
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Northern Territory learner driver rules.

Victoria

Supervised driving hours:

Ls: 120 (including 10 at night)

Hazard perception test: Required

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Not permitted

Peer passenger limits:

P1s: One aged 16-22*

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits: Posted limits apply.

*Work, educational and familial exemptions apply.

Northern Territory

Supervised driving hours: Not compulsory (100 recommended)

Blood alcohol level:0

Hands-free mobile phones: Not permitted

Peer passenger limits: Nil

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits: 

Ls: 80km/h

Ps: 100km/h

 

 

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Australian Capital Territory learner driver rules.

Australian Capital Territory

Supervised driving hours: Not compulsory (100 recommended)

Blood alcohol level: 0

Hands-free mobile phones: Permitted

Peer passenger limits: Nil

Night-time driving restrictions: Nil

Speed limits: Posted limit