On your Ps

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NOTE: The information on this page is based on information provided by the VicRoads website (new window). We CANNOT ANSWER any specific questions about P plate restrictions. If you have a specific question about P plates and P plate restrictions you should contact VicRoads on 13 11 71.

Once you've got your probationary licence, you can hit the road unaccompanied. Don't get too cocky though - new drivers are far more likely to die or be injured in accidents, so make sure you don't become a statistic.

P1 vs P2

There are two kinds of probationary licence in Victoria:

  • P1 (red P plate), which lasts for at least the first 12 months of probationary driving
  • P2 (green P plate), which normally starts 12 months from when you get your P1 licence and lasts for at least three years

There are slightly different rules and restrictions that apply to P1 (red) and P2 (green) P-platers - see "Rules and Restrictions" below for an overview.

If you're found guilty of any driving offences, or you break any of the rules for P1 or P2 drivers, you may have the duration of your P1 or P2 licence extended as part of any penalties that are applied to you.

Rules and Restrictions for P-Platers

There are certain rules and restrictions while you're on your Ps. Some rules only apply to P1 drivers and some apply to both P1 and P2 drivers.

Peer Passenger Restriction for P1 Drivers

A P1 driver isn't allowed to carry more than one "peer passenger" when driving.  A "peer passenger" is a person who is between 16 and 22 who is NOT the P1 driver's:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Sibling or step-sibling

So, for example, if you're on your P1s you can drive your brother and your sister around (no matter what their age), as well as one other person between 16 or 22. You can't, however, drive three of  your mates around (unless two of them are over 22).

For more information, check out the VicRoads Probationary Licence Restrictions page (new window).

Other Rules and Restrictions for P1 Drivers

As well as the peer passenger restriction, following restrictions also apply to P1 drivers:

  • You're not allowed to tow anything unless you're doing it for work or you're under instruction
  • If your licence is cancelled or suspended as a result of a traffic offence, you're only allowed to carry one passenger in total (whatever their age) for the balance of your P1 period (there are exceptions to this rule)

Rules and Restrictions for P1 AND P2 Drivers

The following rules and restrictions apply to both P1 AND P2 probationary drivers:

  • You can't drive high-powered vehicles - check out the VicRoads prohibited vehicles page (new window) for details
  • Any suspension, drink driving offence without licence cancellation or suspension, or drug driving offence will result in an extension of your current P1 or P2 period
  • No mobile phone use, hands free or hand-held, or any messaging of any kind, is allowed
  • You can't have any alcohol or illicit drugs in your body
  • You must display your P-plates at all times when driving
  • You have to have your licence on you whenever you're driving
  • You will lose your licence if you get five demerit points in a year, or 12 over a three-year period
  • If you got your licence driving an automatic car, you aren't allowed to drive a manual car until you get a full licence or pass another drive test in a manual car.

For a full overview of restrictions on P-plate drivers, check out the VicRoads P Plate Restrictions page (new window).

Getting Your Full Licence

You will get your full licence when you've successfully completed your P2 period.

Once you've got your full licence you are still bound by the road rules and responsibilities (new window) that apply to all Victorian drivers. 

Safe and happy driving!

Links

Road Safety Victoria
Info about safety issues for Victorian drivers, including road design, speeding, drink driving, fatigue and vehicle safety.

VicRoads - Licences 
Information about licence and driving related topics including fees, types of licences, getting your Ls and getting your Ps.

TAC - Safe Driving
A range of tools to help you stay safe on the road.