Rules made clear for P-platers
LEARNING how to drive can be a stressful time for novice students, and provisional plate rules and regulations only add to the confusion.
A P-plate is a plate that features a red letter “P” or a green letter “P” on a white background.
The minimum size and colour of a P-plate is 14.6 cm x 14.6 cm. The P-plate may be larger than the minimum size requirement of 14.6 cm x 14.6 cm, but not so large that it will obscure your view when driving.
You can buy P-plates from service stations, major retailers and automotive outlets.
How the plate must be fitted on the car
A P-plate must be fitted to the front and rear of the car so the “P” character is visible on each plate from 20m away at any point within an arc of 45 degrees from the surface of each “P” plate above or to either side of the car or motorbike.
Drivers are reminded the onus for correctly displaying P Plates is on the Provisional driver of the vehicle.
The driver needs to continually inspect their P Plates to ensure that they have not moved or dislodged from their vehicle.
P2 licence holders
The holder of a car or motorbike P2 type licence must clearly display on their car or motorbike. This applies to:
P2 provisional licence holders
P2 probationary licence holders
P2 restricted licence holders.
Penalties for P-platers
The display of P-plates lets other drivers know that you are a novice driver.
It also assists enforcement officers to identify which drivers are placed on restrictions and what these restrictions are. Failure to display P-plates incurs a $160 fine and two demerit points.
It is an offence to display P-plates on a vehicle if you are not the holder of a P1 or P2 type provisional or probationary licence. Doing so carries a penalty of $80.