About prohibited vehicles

If you hold a probationary driver licence you must not drive a probationary prohibited vehicle unless you have an exemption.

Probationary vehicle database

Definition of probationary prohibited vehicle

The definition of a probationary prohibited vehicle changed on 1 July 2014, all probationary licence holders must abide by the new definitions based on when the vehicle was manufactured.

If the vehicle is manufactured before 1 January 2010

  • has an engine with eight cylinders or more, or
  • has an engine that is turbocharged or supercharged (except those listed in the probationary vehicle database).
  • has an engine that has been modified to increase the vehicle's performance (other than a modification made by the manufacturer in the course of the manufacture of the vehicle, or
  • is a nominated high performance six cylinder engine (refer to the probationary vehicle database).

If the vehicle is manufactured after 1 January 2010

  • has a power to mass ratio of greater than 130 kilowatts per tonne, or 
  • has an engine that has been modified to increase performance (other than a modification made by the manufacturer in the course of the manufacture of the vehicle)

Manufacture date

The date of manufacture is determined by the date on the vehicle’s compliance plate or, in the case of a used import, the “Built” or “Built Date” recorded on a metal plate or component of the vehicle.

The vehicle compliance plate confirms that the vehicle complies with Australian design standards and emissions. The date shown on the compliance plate is the date that the compliance plate was fitted to the vehicle by the manufacturer. With some vehicles, there may be a significant difference between the build date and the date of compliance due to shipping and storage time. The compliance plate may even be fitted in a different year.

The compliance plate can be a silver metal plate or sticker that is attached to the vehicle, usually fitted to the firewall (between the passenger compartment and engine) or in the drivers door jam or boot area. 

Club Permit

A club permit vehicle is not classified as a probationary prohibited vehicle unless the vehicle has an engine that has been modified to increase the vehicles performance (other than a modification made by the manufacture in the course of the manufacture of the vehicle).

Exemptions

An exemption from VicRoads allows a probationary licence holder to drive a probationary prohibited vehicle. Find out if you are eligible and how to get an Exemption to drive a prohibited vehicle.

Overseas licence holders

If you are a temporary visa holder and you hold a current overseas probationary licence, you are not bound by these rules. You can drive any probationary prohibited vehicle as long as you are using your current overseas driver licence.

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