Restrictions on learner drivers

After you pass your knowledge test and get your learner permit you must comply with the learner driver restrictions when driving.

Driving with your learner permit means: 

  • Carrying your learner permit or receipt every time you drive
  • Making sure your L plates can be seen, from at least 20 metres away, on the front and back of your vehicle
  • Driving with a supervising driver who has a full and current licence
  • Having a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at all times when you drive
  • Not driving under the influence illegal drugs
  • Not using a mobile phone, hands free or any other hand-held device when driving
  • Not towing a trailer or other vehicle
  • Driving within the speed limit.

How long do I need to have my Ls before I can go for my Ps?

Before you can go for your Ps, you’ll need to have your permit for a minimum continuous period.

The length of your ‘holding time’ is a licence requirement and will depend on your age. 

Go to ‘How to get your Ps’ to learn more.

What speed am I allowed to drive at?

There is no set speed limit driving on your Ls, but you should always drive within the speed limit and at a speed that’s safe for the area you’re in.

Can I have any passengers on my Ls?

When learning to drive we recommend you only have your supervising driver with you, until you get more practice. When you both agree you’re ready, you can start to practise with passengers if they’re not distracting you from driving.

How long can a practice drive be?

When learning to drive, it’s good to practise no more than 2 hours and remember to take lots of breaks.

For supervising drivers

To help your learner get 120 hours of driving go to: 

For motorcycle riders

Go to motorcycle licence and learner permit restrictions.

For tractor drivers

Go to tractor restrictions.

Need more help?

Call us on 131171 and speak to one of our friendly staff who can help. 

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