Rules for learner driving

Written by Neil Bedford

Rules for learner driving

Once you have successfully obtained your learner licence you can start driving—with a supervisor. Make sure you:

  • Only drive with a supervisor who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
  • Always display your L plates
  • Carry your learner licence with you
  • Record 100 hours of supervised driving in your learner logbook, including 10 hours of night driving
  • Know the rules for driving.

L plates

L-plate

 

 

 

You must clearly display L plates  when you are learning to drive.

The minimum size and colour of an L plate is 14.6cm x  14.6cm, with an black uppercase letter ‘L’ on a yellow background. You cannot  use any other colour.

You can buy L plates from most service stations, major  retailers and automotive outlets. Or, you can make your own if they are the  right size and colour.

You can use this L plate template to create your own L plates. Just print 2 copies on a colour printer. You can also laminate them, if you want to.

How to display your L plates

You must display L plates so the letter ‘L’ on each plate  can be  seen clearly at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles) from 20m away.

You and your supervisor may both be fined if your L plates  are not correctly displayed. As the learner driver, you will get 2 demerit points recorded on your traffic history. If you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.

If a person on a provisional or open licence drives the vehicle  and does not remove the L plates, they may be fined. This does not apply to accredited driver trainers.

Rules for driving with a learner licence

When learning to drive you must:

  • Have a supervisor beside you—someone who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
  • Clearly display L plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles)
  • Carry your learner licence, or driver licence receipt if you are waiting for your licence, and show it to a police officer if asked
  • Comply with the no alcohol limit
  • Not be affected by drugs—either illegal or prescription
  • Obey any conditions on your learner licence, such as only driving with corrective lenses if you have the condition code S
  • Follow all Queensland road rules.
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