Learner's permit conditions and laws

Important driving rules you must know and follow.

Learner's permit conditions and laws
You are only allowed to drive the class of vehicle stated on the learner's permit under the following conditions:

  • You must not drive a motor vehicle when there is any concentration of alcohol in your blood, or the presence of THC (Cannabis), Methylamphetamine (Speed) or MDMA (Ecstasy) in your blood or oral fluid (saliva) 
  • If you commit a speeding offence, you will also commit a breach of your learner's permit conditions if you exceed the speed limit by 10km/h or more. 
  • You must drive with a qualified supervising driver in the seat next to the driver. 
  • When riding a motor bike you must not carry a passenger on the motor bike, or in a sidecar attached to the motor bike, unless that person is a qualified supervising driver.

Other laws

  • You must display the prescribed L-plates so that they are clearly visible from the front and the rear of the vehicle. (rear only for motorcycles) 
  • You must carry your current learner's permit at all times whilst driving. 
  • You must not exceed the 100km/h speed limit at any time. 
  • You must not accumulate four or more demerit points during the learner's permit period. 
  • You must not use any function of a mobile phone. 
  • From 28 July 2014, if you hold a learner's permit for a motorcycle and do not hold a P2 or full licence for another class of vehicle you must not ride between midnight and 5AM unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is present or you have an exemption.

Breaking the rules

If you do not comply with these rules and conditions you may be fined, incur demerit points, be disqualified from driving, have your permit cancelled and hold a learner's permit for a longer period.