Red P Plates: Do You Know the Rules?
The provisional P1 Licence (or red Ps) is the next stage after your learner licence. You have a new found freedom and the road seems limitless. However, with this freedom comes great responsibility. Every long weekend and holiday period our Roads and Maritime Services promote their “towards zero” campaign which aims for zero road deaths or injuries involving motor vehicles. This means you have a responsibility to make sure you are following road rules and are always vigilant behind the wheel.
If you are unsure of what road rules apply to you visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/services/driving-and-transport/driver-and-rider-licences/provisional-driver-licences
Pursuant to P1 road rules as at 28 February 2022, when your red Ps, YOU MUST:
- Only drive compliant cars;
- Display red P plates clearly on the outside of the front and back of the car;
- Tow trailers less than 250 kilograms of unloaded weight, and display your red P plate
on the back of the trailer;
- Ensure all everyone in the car is seated wearing a seatbelt or approved restraint;
- Only drive a car of the same transmission in which you passed your driving test. If
you took your test in an automatic car, that is the only type of car you can drive while
on your red Ps.
Pursuant to P1 road rules as at 28 February 2022, when your red Ps, YOU MUST NOT:
- Drive above the speed limit of 90 km/h;
- Have any alcohol in your system;
- Supervise a learner driver;
- Drive a high-performance vehicle;
- Use a mobile phone while driving, or while your vehicle is stopped but not parked.
This includes hands-free devices or loudspeakers.
The peer passenger condition:
If you are under the age of 25 and are on your red Ps, you must not drive with more than one (1) passenger who is under the age of 21 between 11pm and 5am. In some circumstances there are exemptions. You may apply for an exemption at your local service NSW.
Failure to comply with any P1 Licence rules can result in a variety of consequences, including fines, demerit points and even the loss of your licence. If you receive a penalty notice and require advice then please make an appointment to meet with Joshua Whale at our office to discuss your options, call on 02 6542 5566.
*Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation. This information is intended to provide general information. You should obtain professional advice before you undertake any course of action.