2007 - 2021
14 YEARS OF LIFE SAVING PRESENTATIONS
MOBILE PHONE USE- Know the rules
Research shows that being distracted when driving, such as by a mobile phone, increases the risk of a crash. Simply taking your eyes off the road for longer than two seconds, doubles the risk of a crash. A short lapse of concentration can have lifelong consequences.
Learner, provisional P1 and provisional P2 drivers must not use any function of a mobile phone while driving https://youtu.be/9j5wRfsWISQ
Some common questions regarding mobile phone use include:
1. Can use my phone to make a call, use GPS or listen to music? No. Restricted licence holders are not permitted to use their phone at all while driving or riding. This applies regardless of whether the phone in use is being handled, resting on any part of the body, secured in a cradle or is being used hands-free (i.e. via Bluetooth). None of these uses are permitted.
2. Can I use my phone to make a call, use GPS or listen to music if it’s in a cradle? No. Restricted licence holders are not permitted to use their phone at all while driving or riding. This applies regardless of whether the phone in use is being handled, resting on any part of the body, secured in a cradle or is being used hands-free (i.e. via Bluetooth). None of these uses are permitted.
3. Can I use my mobile phone if it is on loudspeaker and in my lap? No. Restricted licence holders are not permitted to use their phone at all while driving or riding. This applies regardless of whether the phone in use is being handled, resting on any part of the body, secured in a cradle or is being used hands-free (i.e. via Bluetooth). None of these uses are permitted.
4. Can I use my phone to text? No. Restricted licence holders are not permitted to use their phone at all while driving or riding, including any texting functions.
5. What do I need to do to use my phone? If you would like to use your phone for any function – including calling, texting, emailing, playing audio or using social media - your vehicle must be parked out of the line of traffic.
Driver Licence - Think of your licence as a 'contract', or an agreement between you as a driver and the rest of society.
Rules for P1 drivers
In addition to complying with the NSW Road Rules, you must:
Observe the posted speed limit and never drive over the maximum speed limit of 90 km/h
Failure to follow these rules is an offence and carries heavy penalties, including loss of licence.
Demerit Points: apply to P1 drivers.
The Top 10 guide provides simple answers to many road rule questions, including how to indicate at a roundabout, when to use high-beam and fog lights, and when it is permitted to make a U-turn at traffic lights. For example:
The guide is available at Service NSW. Copy this link into your browser. https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au
Alcohol and drugs
The laws in NSW limit the amount of alcohol you can consume if you are driving a vehicle. It is illegal to drive, attempt to drive or instruct a learner while affected by drugs and or Alcohol.
Know your limit
NSW has three blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits: zero, under 0.02 and under 0.05. The limit that applies to you depends on the category of your licence and the type of vehicle you are driving.
Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) must be under the limit as shown in the table. BAC measures the amount of alcohol you have in your system in grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. A BAC of 0.05 means you have 0.05 grams (50 milligrams) of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood.
Heavy penalties apply for driving with a BAC on or over the limit. Note: Some foods and medications may contain alcohol which can register in a breath test, for example chocolates, cough lollies and mouthwashes. Always read the ingredients first.
BAC limits: As a learner and provisional driver, you must not drive after you have consumed any alcoholic drinks or foods containing alcohol.
Zero BAC applies to all:
Learner, P1 and P2 drivers and riders are developing their driving skills. They have a zero alcohol limit because they are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol than experienced drivers. If you are on a zero alcohol limit, you must be alcohol-free while driving or riding. This doesn’t stop you from having fun, it just means you can’t drive or ride after drinking any alcohol.
Don’t risk trying to calculate your BAC
Trying to calculate your BAC is impossible. Your BAC begins to rise as soon as you start drinking and can continue to increase for up to two hours after you have stopped drinking. Counting standard drinks to guess your BAC is difficult and often inaccurate because:
People are different - Alcohol also affects people differently. Two people who drink the same amount can have different BACs. This is caused by factors such as:
We recommend that you don’t drink any alcohol if you plan to drive.
Here are some examples:
Ben is 19 and holds a P2 licence with a zero alcohol limit. He started drinking at 6pm and had 10 schooners of full strength beer (15 standard drinks) over 6 hours. At midnight his blood alcohol concentration was 0.17. He got a cab home.
It took more than 11 hours before Ben’s BAC was back to zero. The next day Ben was not able to drive his friends to the beach for an early morning surf. He had to wait until almost noon before he could drive.
Melita is 18 and holds a P1 licence with a zero alcohol limit. She started drinking at 10pm and had 6 mixer (9 standard) drinks over 4 hours. At 2am her blood alcohol concentration was 0.24. She stayed the night at a friend’s house.
It took more than 16 hours before Melita’s BAC was back to zero. Melita had to get her mum to drive her to work that morning. She had to wait until 6pm that night before she could drive.
Police will arrest you if they suspect you are driving while impaired by drugs. You will be taken to a hospital to give samples of blood and urine for drug testing. In the event of a crash where someone is admitted to hospital, blood samples are taken which may be tested for drugs.
Do not drive while taking medicines with a warning label that tells you not to drive.
Beating the odds
As a younger and novice driver you face many challenges when learning the complex task of driving a vehicle. With relative inexperience, you also face a higher risk of being involved in a crash. Despite making up only about 15 per cent of all licence holders, the crashes that involve younger drivers (aged under 26 years) account for almost a quarter of annual road fatalities.
The safer driver course ( http:// youtu.be/9LxSUWlkQbl ) helps learner drivers identify risks on the roads. Speed management, hazard awareness and safe following distances are some of the strategies in the course’s theoretical and practical sessions, which earn learner drivers 20 hours of log-book credit.
Watch this video to see how Greater Western Sydney Giants Academy players join the Safer Drivers Course to help them graduate to their P-plates https://youtu.be/IQuwMxVT10s
Licence conditions explains the NSW Graduated Licensing Scheme process, as well as some of the restrictions that apply to learner and P-plate drivers.
Graduated licensing schemes are one of the most effective ways to reduce youth road trauma. These evidence based schemes help reduce the number of young drivers in crashes. They provide a staged approach to driver licensing and reduce the impact of risk taking behaviour associated with younger drivers.
More information can be found in The Australian Graduated Licensing Scheme policy framework, commissioned by Transport for NSW, on behalf of the Austroads Road Safety Task Force.
Distance defeated - Restricted P1 Provisional licence for selected areas west of the Newell Highway.
Under 25-year-old learner drivers living in Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke, Broken Hill, Balranald and Hay can now apply for a restricted P1 Provisional licence so they can drive to work, education and medical related appointments.
Learners in these areas will be able to apply for the restricted P1 Provisional licence after they have completed 50 hours of on-road supervised driving (including at least 10 hours of night driving), with these hours recorded in their log books.
After you have completed six months on the restricted P1 Provisional licence, the restricted conditions will automatically expire and standard P1 licence conditions will apply for the rest of the P1 period.
The restricted P1 licence will be piloted for two years and allows young people living in remote areas wider access to health, education and work opportunities.
What does the restricted P1 licence offer?
Safer limits build confidence
Special licence conditions apply for young drivers within NSW. These include speed restrictions, passenger numbers, vehicle types and laws against using mobile phones. The conditions and restrictions that apply to learner or provisional licence holders do not change when they travel outside NSW. You night also have other licence conditions, such as wearing spectacles or contact lenses when driving.
Watch your speed
P1 and P2 drivers are banned from driving high-performance vehicles that have:
The Roads and Maritime Services website has more information on prohibited vehicles.
Passenger limits for P1 and P2 drivers
P1 drivers under 25 are not permitted to drive with more than one passenger under 21 between the hours of 11pm and 5am. P1 or P2 drivers who are issued with a new licence after a period of being disqualified from driving, will for 12 months only be allowed to carry one passenger.
The Roads and Maritime Services website has more information on passenger conditions.
P1 licence holders who passed their driving test in an automatic vehicle (including vehicles with an automatic clutch actuator) will be restricted to driving automatics. This condition remains until you are issued with a provisional P2 or unrestricted licence. To remove the condition earlier, you must pass a driving test in a manual vehicle.
Displaying L and P plates
All learner and provisional drivers must clearly display their L and P plates on the front and back of the outside of the vehicle – the letters must not be hidden. Learner drivers can have their licence suspended if they drive unsupervised.
© Transport for New South Wales Last Updated:May 2021