Can I drive at night on my P plates?

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You’ve got your P plates and you’ve heard that there are P Plate restrictions around night-time driving. You might be asking:

Can a P plater driver drive at night? Are their restrictions to driving at night on my P plates?

This article will look at the rules for nighttime driving in each state when you’re on your P1 and P2 P Plates.

In NSW

For P1 red P plate drivers in NSW, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates but there are restrictions. The restrictions are that “If you’re under 25 and are on your red Ps, you must not drive with more than one passenger who is under 21 between 11pm and 5am. You can apply for an exemption to this rule.” See the official New South Wales P1 licence page and P2 licence page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in NSW, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official New South Wales P1 licence page and P2 licence page for more info.

 

In QLD

For P1 red P plate drivers in QLD, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates but there are restrictions.  The restrictions are that you must not “drive with more than 1 passenger under 21 who is not an immediate family member (unrelated by blood, marriage, or a guardian relationship) between 11pm and 5am” See the official Queensland P1 licence page and P2 licence page for more info.

An immediate family member includes a:

  • brother or sister of the driver
  • stepbrother or stepsister of the driver
  • child, stepchild, foster child or ward of the driver
  • spouse (including de facto partner) of the driver
  • stepparent of the driver
  • guardian of the driver
  • approved carer of the driver (if the driver is a child)
  • child, stepchild, foster child or ward of an approved carer of the driver (if the driver is a child)
  • foster child or ward of a parent or stepparent of the driver
  • child, stepchild, foster child or ward of a guardian of the driver
  • spouse (including de facto partner) of a grandparent of the driver
  • a person who is regarded under Aboriginal tradition or Torres Strait Islander custom to be a child of the driver (if the driver is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander).

 

For P2 green P plate drivers in QLD, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions.  See the official Queensland P1 licence page and P2 licence page for more info.

In ACT

For P1 red P plate drivers in ACT, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Australian Capital Territory ACT learners and provisional drivers page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in ACT, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Australian Capital Territory ACT learners and provisional drivers page for more info.

 

In VIC

For P1 red P plate drivers in VIC, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates but there are restrictions. The restrictions are that you can only have one passenger who is between 16-22 years old (who isn’t a spouse, domestic partner or sibling). See the official Victorian Vicroads P Plate page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in VIC, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Victorian Vicroads P Plate page for more info.

 

In TAS

For P1 red P plate drivers in TAS, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates but there are restrictions. The restrictions are that you can only have one passenger who is between 16-22 years old (who isn’t a spouse, domestic partner or sibling). See the official Tasmanian Plates Plus page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in TAS, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Tasmanian Plates Plus page for more info.

 

In SA

For P1 red P plate drivers in SA, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates but there are restrictions. The restrictions are that” you must not drive between midnight and 5am, or with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 years (excluding immediate family members) or unless a Qualified Supervising Driver is seated next to you or you meet the exemption criteria“. See the official South Australian MyLicence page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in SA, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official South Australian MyLicence page for more info.

 

In WA

For P1 red P plate drivers in WA, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Western Australian Department of Transport page for more info.

For P2 green P plate drivers in WA, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Western Australian Department of Transport page for more info.

 

In NT

For red P plate drivers in NT, you are allowed to drive at night on your P Plates with no restrictions. See the official Northern Territory Government licence page for more info.