If you are a P1 or P2 probationary licence holder, the following restrictions apply:
You must have a zero blood alcohol content
(BAC of .00) at all times while driving.
- If you are a drink driving offender caught with a BAC of 0.07 or more, you will have to fit an alcohol ignition interlock in your vehicle for a minimum of six months once re-licensed.
- Your P1 or P2 period will be extended if you receive any suspension, drink driving offence without licence cancellation or suspension or a drug driving offence.
You must display the appropriate ‘P’ plate
(red for P1 drivers and green for P2 drivers) on the front and rear of the vehicle, clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres*.
- You must carry your licence at all times while driving.
- If you pass your test in an automatic vehicle, you can only drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission (this does not apply if you have previously held a manual licence).
P1 probationary licence holders must not use a mobile phone while driving.
This includes hands-free devices, hand-held phones and messaging of any kind.
- You must not accumulate five or more demerit points within a twelve-month period, or twelve or more demerit points in a three-year period.
- P1 probationary drivers are only allowed to tow for work at the request of their employer, or for driving solely in connection with agriculture, horticulture, dairying, pastoral, commercial fishing, or under instruction with an experienced driver in the vehicle.
- P1 probationary drivers will only be permitted to carry one passenger (irrespective of age) for the balance of the P1 period on re-issue of a suspended or cancelled licence as a result of a traffic offence. Medical Review, Sheriff’s Office suspensions and suspensions as a result of an offence committed under Section 51 of the Road Safety Act 1986 are excluded.
- P1 probationary drivers will only be permitted to carry one peer passenger aged between 16 and 22 years.
* The probationary prohibited vehicle and requirement to display ‘P’ plate conditions do not apply to a member of the police force in the course of duty and driving a police motor vehicle. The requirement to display a ‘P’ plate does not apply to a member of the Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service or an ambulance officer driving the vehicle in the course of duty.