For starters, we have rearranged the tests you need to take to move through the licence stages, from learner to P1, P2 and then finally a full licence. We're making sure that P2 drivers are safe drivers, by adding an extra 6 months to your P2 licence if you get suspended for unsafe driving.
From 20 November 2017:
- Learners: You'll need to pass the Hazard Perception Test before you attempt your driving test and apply for a P1 licence.
- P1: You won't need to do a test to apply for a P2 licence. As long as you have had your P1 for at least 12 months, you'll be able to apply for a P2 licence.
- P2:If you do the wrong thing you'll be on your P2 for a lot longer - get suspended for gaining too many demerit points, or for higher risk offences like speeding more than 30km/h over the limit, and you'll be staying on your P2 for another 6 months before you can apply for a full licence. And that's on top of your time out suspension period – getting suspended for 3 months can add at least 9 months extra to your P2 time before you can apply for a full licence.
What about riders – any changes?
These changes don't apply to riders – only to car licence holders. See Getting a motorcycle licence for info on how to get your bike licence.
These changes still apply, even if you're over 25.