New driving restrictions for young P1 drivers

New driving restrictions for South Australia’s Under 25 P1 drivers take effect on Monday 28 July 2014.

The new restrictions stipulate that P1 drivers are not allowed to drive between midnight and 5am unless a qualified driver is with them; and at no time of the day or night can they drive with more than one passenger between the ages of 16 -20, unless that passenger is an immediate family member or if a qualified supervising driver is seated next to them.

However, there are a number of exemptions for these restrictions which will allow young drivers to get to and from work and participate in other activities. For the full list of exemption criteria visit www.mylicence.com.au.

According to official statistics, between 2009-2013 people aged between 16 and 24 accounted for 22% of fatalities and 24% of serious injuries in South Australia despite the age group being only 12% of the population.

SALT Magazine supports these new laws for the sake of young drivers’ safety, and we hope our readers pass on the message to relatives and friends.


 

What are the new restrictions?

midnightNO DRIVING BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5AM

Unless a qualified supervising driver is seated in the front seat next to you or you meet the exemption criteria below.

Applies to all P1 licence holders and learner motorcyclists under the age of 25 who do not hold a P2 licence or full car licence.

These rules do NOT apply to P2 drivers.

EXEMPTION CRITERIA:

  • Driving between home and work or driving in the course of employment.
  • Driving between home and education/training or driving in the course of education/training if you are enrolled with a school, university, TAFE, apprenticeship or  other formal training provider.
  • Driving between home and formal volunteer work or driving in the course of performing formal volunteer work.
  • Driving between home and an activity to participate in sports, artistic, charitable, religious or scientific activities provided by an organisation, association or club.

Note: You must take the shortest most practicable route between home and the activity.

Police and emergency service members (both paid and volunteer) are exempt from the night driving restriction while on duty.

 


 

passengerNO MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER AGED 16-20

Any time of the day or night (immediate family members exempt), unless a qualified supervising driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria below.

Applies to all P1 licence holders under 25.

These rules do NOT apply to P2 drivers.

EXEMPTION CRITERIA:

  • Requirement to carry passengers in the course of employment.

Note: Passenger restriction exemptions are NOT available for education/training, volunteering, sports, artistic, charitable, religious or scientific activities.

Police and emergency service members (both paid and volunteer) are exempt from the passenger restriction while on duty.

SALT Magazine is an African-Australian Community News Magazine, created to provide print and online news and information on a broad range of issues of interest to the African community in Australia as well as to the wider general public. Our main aim is to act as a platform for the voice of the new and emerging African Australian communities, providing an African perspective to Australian topics. We wish to highlight African refugee success stories and encourage community development by exploring the challenges faced by new arrivals.

Be first to comment