Conditions on Provisional Licence in WA
After passing a driving assessment, a provisional licence is issued. The first period of six months red “P” plates and then green “P” plates for the remaining 18 months. Four demerit points on red and additional four after the first six months.
Any period where the driver is excluded by law from driving does not count towards the end of their provisional period. Night time driving restrictions come into effect immediately upon passing PDA and obtaining the provisional licence.
You will have a provisional licence until you have ceased to be a novice driver and have turned 19 years of age during which time you have to display red and then after 6 calendar months green ‘P’ plates, 24 months in total.
During your provisional licence period, you must display ‘P’ plates in a visible position at the front and back of your vehicle or motorcycle at all times. P plates are easily obtained in case you lost or misplaced your plates. Most service stations and supermarkets sell them. They are inexpensive, it’s not worth attracting a hefty fine.
Curfew for Provisional Licence Holders (Red “P” Plates)
Red “P” plate holders are not permitted to drive between MIDNIGHT and 5 AM on any day. The following exceptions apply:
- For the purpose of travelling to or from work or school, and by the shortest practicable route
- Commencement and finish of travel MUST be as soon as practicable
- You MUST demonstrate that you meet these exceptions if asked by the Police
In order to assist the Police, identify if someone is subject to night-time restrictions, the driver is required to display the correct coloured ‘P’ plates. If they don’t comply, they will be deemed to be driving unlicensed and subsequent penalties will apply.
Blood Alcohol Content for Provisional Licence Holders in WA
ZERO (BAC) Blood Alcohol Concentration for ALL “P” plate licence holders in Western Australia! Drink driving penalties for “P” platers exceeding 0.00 (BAC) are an immediate disqualification and massive fines.
Amended Cyclists Law in Western Australia
From 30 November 2017, our State Government introduces the new minimum passing distance, to protect cyclists. Four demerit points and $400 apply for drivers disobeying the new passing distance law.
Drivers must pass cyclists travelling in the same direction at a safe distance, being a minimum of:
- 1 metre – on roads where the speed does not exceed the limit of 60 km per hour
- 1.5 metres – on roads where the maximum allowed speed limit is above 60kmh
The new law allows drivers to cross unbroken line markings in the centre, both single and double white lines and painted median strips, to keep minimum permitted distance from the cyclist. This action can occur only when it’s safe to do so, providing that the driver of the motor vehicle has a clear view of oncoming traffic from the opposite direction.
The penalty for contravening this law is $400 and four demerit points.
The law for passing cyclists at a safe distance has previously existed in Western Australia. However, these amendments to the regulation clarify the minimum distance a driver of a motor vehicle is obliged to keep between their vehicle and a cyclist.
There is a different legislation in place that applies to cyclists obligations when using main roads, including but not limited to keeping the minimum distance, attaching themselves to a motor vehicle, leaving untended bicycle obstructing the traffic, using pedestrian crossings etc.
For more information on cyclists regulatory obligations, visit Road Safety Commission of Western Australia.
Infringements for cyclists vary from $50 to $100 in Western Australia
- Learner drivers must be aware of these amendments as they are not immune to hefty fines
- All drivers must make sure they check their blind spot before deviating if on multi-lane road
- If unsure, it’s best to slow down by keeping a safe distance behind a cyclist and proceed later
- Changing to the right lane to avoid deviating around cyclists riding in the left is a good option
- Plan well in advance, start to overtake well before you get too close behind a cyclist
- If returning to the left lane, ensure that you have clear vision of the cyclist in the mirror
- Don’t drive through cyclists designated lanes unless there is an emergency
Some argue that this 1m or 1.5 m passing distance cyclists new rules will be tough to police because of the difficulty of determining the distance while passing. More cyclists lanes would make it more clear for drivers. Some even suggest that footpath and cyclist lanes should be shared.
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