Licence changes for new drivers

Published: 15 Sep 2017

Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme will ensure learner drivers are safe on NSW roads.

The scheme helps new drivers gain experience and become a safer driver over a four-year process.

From 20 November 2017:

  • Learner drivers will have to complete the Hazard Perception Test before they can take the driving test
  • P1 drivers will no longer have to complete the Hazard Perception Test to get their P2 licence
  • The Driver Qualification Test has been removed for P2 Drivers and in its place P2 drivers will have to stay on their licence for an extra six months if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour.

Since the scheme was introduced in 2000, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said young drivers continue to be over-represented in road crashes.

“It’s vital we continue to adapt and improve our approach to reduce this tragic loss of life and serious injuries involving our young drivers,” Mrs Pavey said.

Find out more about the changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme

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