ACT learner and provisional drivers

For information on Learner and Provisional drivers in the ACT view the ACT Road Rules Handbook.

Driving interstate

Many of the road rules for ‘L’ and ‘P’ plate drivers remain the same when they drive interstate between the ACT and NSW, however there are some key differences. Learner drivers can drive to the posted speed limit in the ACT. However, when driving in NSW, learner drivers must check with the jurisdiction where you intend driving for local speed regulations that apply. For information on the road rules when driving in NSW visit the NSW Roads and Maritime website.

Displaying L and P plates

P and L plates must be clearly displayed on front and rear of the vehicle in a way that is easily visible for other drivers. The plates must be the correct colour and size (155mm by 155mm) and the full letter must always be visible.

Plates specifically designed to be displayed in the front or rear windscreen may be used. However, a slanted windscreen is not suitable for displaying plates as the plate will face up, towards the sky, and won’t be easily visible to other drivers.

Other options, such as magnetic plates, plate display brackets and plate clips are also available.

Alcohol Limits

For learner and provisional drivers, the blood alcohol concentration limit is zero.

Driver trainers (including driving instructors, driver assessors and any person who is supervising a learner driver) can also be required to undergo random breath testing.

Driver trainers are subject to a zero blood or breath alcohol concentration. If any alcohol is present in your blood or breath you are committing an offence and will be fined.

Mobile device ban for L and P Plate drivers

A total mobile device ban for L and P drivers will begin on 1 July 2019, as the first stage in a comprehensive suite of changes to the ACT’s graduated licensing scheme (GLS).  

We know young drivers are more prone to distraction. Any activity that distracts a driver can result in more lane deviations, driver reaction delays and the risk of not anticipating potential hazards.

It’s already illegal to call, text or use social media when driving, and now you can’t use Bluetooth hands-free or speaker to interact with your phone.

To help new drivers find their way around, GPS enabled devices will still be allowed to be used, provided that the device not being held by the driver and is programmed before the trip starts so that it requires no interaction during travel. 

Drivers are also encouraged to put the phone into Do Not Disturb mode to remove the temptation to touch it to skip songs or change apps.

For more information on the GLS scheme and associated changes visit the ACT Government City Services Website.

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