Probationary driver licence issued prior to 1 July 2008
A person issued with a probationary driver licence prior to 1 July 2008 will have a 12 month passenger restriction imposed on their licence, if the driver licence is suspended or cancelled as a result of an offence committed within the first 12 months of obtaining the probationary licence. This restriction prevents the carriage of more than one passenger (irrespective of age).
This passenger restriction can only be applied once. If the probationary licence with the passenger restriction is cancelled or suspended, any outstanding passenger restriction period must be re-applied when the driver licence is re-issued. A new 12 month restriction must not be imposed.
Probationary driver licence issued on or after 1 July 2008
A person issued with a probationary P1 driver licence on or after 1 July 2008 will have a passenger restriction imposed on the driver licence for the remainder of the P1 period if the driver licence is cancelled or suspended as a result of a traffic offence.
Medical Review, Sheriff's Office suspensions and suspensions as a result of an offence committed under Section 51 of the Road Safety Act 1986 are excluded. This passenger restriction is in addition to the peer passenger restriction which prohibits probationary P1 drivers from carrying more than one passenger aged 16 and less than 22 years when driving.
If the probationary P1 driver licence with a passenger restriction is suspended or cancelled, the passenger restriction must be re-imposed for the remaining probationary P1 period including any extension to the probationary P1 period.
Applying for an Exemption from the Passenger Restriction
Find out if you're eligible to apply for an exemption.