P-platers put themselves in danger by exploiting system

YOUNG drivers trying to exploit the system are putting themselves in danger by refusing to complete learner driver obligations, waiting until they're 25 to get their P-plates, when logbook requirements expire.

The RACQ on Friday released figures which revealed Queenslanders over the age of 23 still on their learner licences had almost doubled to about 15,000, up from just over 9000 in 2007 when the logbook revisions to licensing took effect.

Calliope Road Policing Unit officer in charge Senior Sergeant Chris Lette warned local drivers they were hindering their driving development by trying to wait it out and avoid having to undertake the necessary logbook requirements.

"That's why we have stages, the learners first then two types of provisional licences. The only way you get experience is being on the road," Snr Sgt Lette said.

"In the end it's detrimental to themselves."

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said it appeared many were simply remaining on their L-plates until they were 25, when the requirement for a 100-hour logbook of driving ceased to exist.

"Younger drivers appear to be choosing ease of licensing rather than speed of licensing," Ms Ritchie said.

Snr Sgt Lette said the logbook guaranteed young drivers experienced a full range of driving conditions before gaining provisional licences.

"The logbook ensures people do drive in all conditions and not just on local roads, but on highways too," he said.



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