Special Sub-Topic: N.S.W. Driving Laws
|At what age can NSW residents first attempt the road-rules test for an L-plate licence (learner's licence)?|
16. After obtaining your L-plates (for whihc you must be at least 16 years of age), the RTA's new system requires drivers to keep a log book of the hours driven by the learner driver. Before L-platers can progress to the next licencing level (P-plates), they must complete 50 hours of driving, have held their L-plates for a minimum 6 months and be at least 17 years old. As a learner driver, you must be accompanied by a fully-licenced driver, and cannot drive unsupervised.
|What is the speed limit for drivers on L-plates?|
80 km/h. This means that when traveling on the freeways or highways, L-platers must stay in the left hand lanes as other cars are permitted to go 10-30 km/h faster than them. (In Australia you drive on the left side of the road).
|What speed are red P-platers limited to in NSW?|
90 km/h. Like L-platers, most red P-platers are advised to stay in the left lanes on freeways. Green P-platers are limited to 100 km/h.
|What is the least amount of time that a driver must remain on red P-plates before moving to the next licensing level, a green P-plate?|
12 months. The time limit is 12 months to 18 months. In order to pass to the next level, drivers undertake a Hazard Perception Test (HPT) which will demonstrate their ability to perceive hazards on the road.
|What is the least amount of time that a driver must remain on green P-plates before moving to the next licensing level, a full license?|
24 months. The time allowed to remain on green P-plates is 24 to 30 months. A computer-based Driver Qualification Test (DQT) needs to be completed successfully before progressing from green P-plates to a full license. In theory, this can be done as early as your 20th birthday.
|What is the maximum speed limit for fully licensed drivers (otherwise known as black, silver, or gold license holders)?|
110 km/h. This is, of course, if the speed limit on that road is that high. No matter what your own limit is, if the road's limit is lower, you must stick to that. The only roads that have a limit of 110km/h are freeways and major outback highways.
|Respectively, what are the amount of 'points' allocated to each NSW license (red P, green P and full) when each license is issued, providing you have not had any deducted for driving offences -- in other words, how many demerit points may be accumulated before the driver has his or her license suspended?|
4, 7, 12. There is no real point system for L-platers because their driving is the responsibility of the full-licensed driver guiding them from the passenger seat. Points get deducted for offences such as speeding, drink-driving, disobeying road laws, failing to give way to emergency service vehicles, not wearing seatbelts and so on. The penalties for each offence differ depending on how bad the offence is. Often on public holidays 'double demerits' is applied, where if you are caught for an offence your penalty is doubled (to try and get people to drive more safely when going on holidays). When you get to zero or minus points, you lose your license.
|What is the speed limit for driving in a car park in NSW?|
There is none. There is no set limit. Most car park speed limits are determined by the people who own the car park, and are also affected by the amount of people driving there as well as speed bumps and other traffic regulatory devices such as roundabouts.
|What is the 'school zone' speed limit in New South Wales?|
40 km/h. A school zone is a certain section of road near primary and high schools. The zone usually operates between 8:00 am and 9:30 am and 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm, because these are the high-traffic times when school begins and ends for the day. During non-school zone times, the speed limit is whatever the rest of that road is limited to.
|What is the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit for L- and P-plate drivers ?|
0.00. This law was introduced in early 2004 - it used to be 0.02 for L- and P-platers which was low enough to allow for any medication, or one or two standard drinks several hours before driving. Now at zero, if you drink one night you still can't drive the next morning. The law is the same for L- and P-platers regardless of age. 0.05 is the limit for fully licensed drivers.
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