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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - THE GRADUATED LICENSING SYSTEM

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At what age can I get my learner licence?
The minimum age for obtaining a learner licence is 16 years old.
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At what age can I get my provisional licence?
The minimum age for obtaining your provisional licence is 17 years old.
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What do I have to do to get my licence?
Upon obtaining your learner licence, you need to complete 100 hours of supervised on-road driving, including 10 hours of night driving, over a minimum 12-month period. You must record these drives in a certified Queensland Transport logbook, and have them signed off by your supervisor.
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How long is my learner licence valid for?
Learner licences are now valid for 3 years at no extra cost.
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Why is Queensland bringing in 100 hours? Other states have fewer hours.
International research shows there is a significant link between the level of on-road supervised driving experience for new drivers and improved road safety.
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What information will be required in the logbook?
Learner licence holders will be required to accrue and record their supervised driving experience, including at least 10 hours of mandatory night driving, in the logbook. Each entry must be verified by the supervising driver.
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How will the logbook be used?
Following completion, the logbook will be checked carefully by Queensland Transport. This must be completed before a learner can undertake a practical driving test. The logbook will be stored by Queensland Transport and may be used for research and evaluation purposes.
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Can I get an exemption from holding a logbook?
In some cases exemptions may apply, however you will need to contact Queensland Transport on 13 23 80 or by email at youngdrivers@transport.qld.gov.au
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Where do I get an approved logbook from and how much will it cost?
Logbooks will be available from Queensland Transport offices and licence issuing agencies - for locations visit http://www.transport.qld.gov.au At present there is no fee for the learner drivers kit, but Queensland Transport will charge for additional logbooks/kits.
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What happens if I lose my logbook?
You will be required to re-enter the details in a new logbook and have each entry certified by the supervising driver or driver trainer. To avoid this problem, use the RACQ Online Learner Logbook to keep a back up copy of your drives as well. All the drives are saved under your unique username so you will never lose these details.
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What happens if the information in the logbook is falsified by either the learner driver or the supervisor?
Penalties will apply for falsifying logbooks – Contact Queensland Transport.
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What happens if I can’t access a supervisor and/ or a vehicle?
Queensland Transport is currently investigating a range of programs to support learner drivers – contact them for more details. Exemptions on a case-by-case basis will be available until the proposed support program for young drivers is in place.
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What if I use a driver trainer?
Each one hour of on-road experience with an accredited driver trainer will count as 3 hours of on-road experience in your logbook, up to a maximum of 10 hours (30 logbook hours). Learners may undertake more than 10 hours with an accredited trainer however any accredited driver training over the initial 10 hours will be counted hour for hour towards the required logged hours. For example 3 hours with an accredited trainer will count as 9 hours supervised training and an additional 91 hours will be required with a supervisor. Twelve hours with an accredited trainer will count for 32 hours (30 + 2) and an additional 68 hours will be required with a supervisor.
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What happens if I’m a learner driver aged over 25 years of age?
It is not mandatory for you to complete the logbook, however you are still encouraged to gain 100 hours of on-road experience. A learner licence must be held for a minimum of 12 months
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What will happen to learner drivers who obtained their learner licence before 1 July 2007?
Transitional arrangements will apply for learner drivers issued with a licence prior to this date. If a learner licence is renewed after 1 July 2007, the new rules will apply. It will not be necessary to complete a logbook if a learner licence was obtained before 1 July 2007, and you do not have to renew your learner licence before passing a practical driving test.
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What happens if I turn 16½ before 31 December 2007?
Anyone turning 16 ½ yrs between 1st June 2007 and 31 December 2007 will be able to apply to get their provisional driving licence provided they;
  • have held their learner licence for at least 6 months
  • have gained 60 hours of supervised driving experience or equivalent (including at least 5 hours of night driving)
  • are 17 years of age
  • pass a practical driving test
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If I am already 16, can I get my learners as of 1 July? I.e. I turn 16 on 1 June, can I get my learners any time after 1 July?
Yes, as of 1 July 2007 you can obtain your learner licence at the minimum age of 16.
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If I am already 16, can I get my learners as of 1 July? I.e. I turn 16 on 1 June, can I get my learners any time after 1 July?
Yes, as of 1 July 2007 you can obtain your learner licence at the minimum age of 16.
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Am I still required to display L plates?
Yes. All learner licence holders must currently display an L plate on the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for a motorbike) or risk a $120 fine. The L plate should measure at least 146mm by 146mm and show a black upper case letter ‘L’ clearly marked on a yellow background. There is no requirement for the sign to be reflective. L Plates are available free from RACQ offices upon presentation of a learner licence. Alternatively L plates can be purchased from service stations, major retailers, automotive outlets, or downloaded from http://www.transport.qld.gov.au.
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What are the new restrictions to mobile phone use?
To minimise distraction for young drivers under 25 years of age, learner licence holders can not use a mobile phone at any time while driving, including the use of hands free kits and blue tooth accessories.
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Can supervisors or passengers use a mobile phone?
Supervisors and passengers of learner drivers under 25 years of age are prohibited from using a phone that is on loudspeaker but can use a hand held or hands free mobile phone where only a one-way conversation can occur and not distract the driver.
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Will all provisional licence holders be required to undergo P1 and P2 stages?
These changes will only apply to persons who are issued with a provisional licence from 1 July 2007.
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What happens if my licence is suspended, cancelled or disqualified?
Periods of licence suspension, cancellation or disqualification will not contribute to the time required for P1 or P2 stages.
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What if I transfer from interstate?
When you transfer your provisional licence from interstate, the new laws will apply to you. However, if your provisional or probationary licence was first issued prior to 1 July 2007, the changes will not affect you.
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What is a P Plate?
A P plate is a plate that displays a red (for P1) or green (for P2) P with a white background and measures at least 146mm x 146mm, with the character on the plate visible from 20 metres away at any point within an arc of 45 degrees.
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Where do I display the P plates?
The plates must be conspicuously displayed on both the front and rear of a vehicle. The plate/s cannot obstruct the vision of the driver.
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When do I display my P plates?
You will be required to display your P plates once your provisional P1 or P2 licence has been issued and when driving any vehicle. If you intend to drive away when you pass your practical driving test, you will be required to attach P plates.
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Will all provisional licence holders be required to display P plates?
Provisional licence holders (classes C, CA) licensed after 1 July 2007 will be required to display red P plates during the P1 phase and display green P plates (when they progress to the P2 stage). Those licensed before 1 July 2007 will not be required to display P plates.
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Are there any exemptions, amnesty or discretionary periods for displaying P Plates?
Drivers won’t be able to apply for an exemption. There will be no amnesty or discretionary periods. Exemptions have been granted for emergency service workers and Qld Police Service officers while driving in the course of their employment.
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What happens if I don’t display my P plates?
A penalty will apply for failing to display P plates while driving on a provisional drivers licence. This will most likely be $120, the same as for not displaying an L plate.
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Can I use my interstate P plates?
Yes, as long as they comply with Queensland requirements.
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How much do P plates cost and where can I purchase them?
P Plates are available from RACQ branches for free upon presentation of a licence. Alternatively P plates can be purchased from service stations, major retailers, and automotive outlets at market rates. P plates will not be available for sale through Queensland Transport but a template will be available to download and print from Queensland Transport’s website www.transport.qld.gov.au.
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Peer passenger restrictions - why bring in peer passenger restrictions?
Young drivers are at greater risk of distraction than more experienced drivers. Research shows that the risk of a crash is higher when young drivers have more than one peer passenger in the vehicle.
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Who will peer passenger restrictions apply to?
From 1 July 2007, provisional licence holders under 25 years of age can carry no more than one passenger who is not an immediate family member and under 21 years of age, during the P1 stage of their provisional licence period. Peer passenger restrictions will not apply to those licensed before 1 July 2007.
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When will peer passenger restrictions apply?
The restrictions will apply from 11pm to 5am every day.
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How will police enforce the peer passenger restrictions?
The driver must establish the relationship of an immediate family member, should they have more than two passengers between the restricted hours. The driver and passenger of a vehicle may choose only to answer questions that they are statutorily required to answer, for example, name, address and date of birth. The passenger will need provide evidence of the correctness thereof.
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How long will the peer passenger restrictions apply?
Peer passenger restrictions will apply in the P1 stage of the provisional licence period, the same period required to display red P plates (a minimum cumulative 12 month period). Periods of licence suspension or cancellation will not count towards the 12 months, for example a 3-month suspension will mean a total restricted period of 15 months.
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Are there exemptions from peer passenger restrictions?
Exemptions for immediate family members to be carried as passengers will apply. No other exemptions will be allowed, for example, for work purposes. Exemptions have been granted for emergency service workers and Qld Police Service officers while driving in the course of their employment.
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What about when I am driving interstate?
You must abide by the above Queensland licence restrictions. You must abide by the road rules of the state in which you are traveling.
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What are the high-powered vehicle restrictions?
Provisional P1 and P2 licence holders will be restricted from driving
  • vehicles with eight or more cylinders;
  • turbocharged vehicles (except diesel);
  • supercharged vehicles (except diesel);
  • vehicles with an engine output of more than 200kw;
  • vehicles with a rotary engine above 1146cc; and
  • vehicles with an engine performance modification that is not standard to the original manufacturers vehicle specifications and requires approval from an Approved Person
If you are unsure whether a vehicle is restricted, contact Queensland Transport on 13 23 80.
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