Changes to graduating licensing scheme

Changes to graduating licensing scheme

Tumut driving instructor Phil Hayes.

ADELONG driving instructor Philip Hayes said changes to the Graduating Licensing Scheme to come in on November 20 will have little impact on learners and provisional drivers.

“All it is, is what we’ve already got worded a bit differently,” he said.

From Monday 20 November 2017, new licence holders must complete the following steps to progress from a learner to a full licence: For P1 drivers who held a P1 licence before Monday 20 November 2017, once they have held their P1 licence for 12 months, they will be required to complete the Hazard Perception Test to progress to a P2 licence.

Once they progress to a P2 licence, if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour, they must stay on their P2 licence for an extra six months.

They will not need to complete the Driver Qualification Test to graduate from a P2 licence to a full licence.

For P2 drivers who held a P2 licence before Monday 20 November 2017, once they have held their P2 licence for 24 months, they will be required to complete the Driver Qualification Test to graduate to a full licence.

They will not be subject to the six-month tenure extension if you receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour. P2 drivers who renew their licence on or after Monday 20 November 2017 will not have to complete the Driver Qualification Test to progress to a full licence, but will be subjected to the new tenure extension if they receive a suspension due to unsafe driving behaviour.

Learner drivers who held a learner licence before Monday 20 November 2017 must successfully complete the Hazard Perception Test before taking a driving test.

To be eligible for the Hazard Perception Test learners under the age of 25 must have held their licence for at least 10 months. Learners over the age of 25 are not required to have held their learner licence for 10 months.

Once they have held your learner licence for 12 months and successfully completed the Hazard Perception Test, they must pass a driving test to progress to a P1 licence.

Once they progress to a P2 licence, if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour, they must stay on their licence for an extra six months.

They will not need to complete the Driver Qualification Test to graduate from a P2 licence to a full licence.

Mr Hayes said there is no real difference to the previous regulations.

“They are trying to make it less complicated,” he said “Anyone that’s still on P-plates will still have to go and do the end of licence test, even if they are on their P2s, if they go from P1 to P2 they still have to do a computer test.

At the end, when you go off the P2s if you get your licence after the 20th of November, you won’t have to do the hazard perception test, you just go an renew your licence and get a full licence like in the old days.”

Mr Hayes is fine with this. “By that stage you’ve already been on your Ps for three years,” he said.

“But people who are currently still on them will still have to go and do the test.” He think it’s a better system than the proposed on line logbook learning system.

“What’s to stop me putting my details in your phone or vice versa, and you clock the hours up,” he said.