New Rules from 9 October 2017

Effective from 9th October 2017, the Department of Transport WA will enforce new rules for existing and future learner’s permit holders in Perth. These changes are official, and there are some major changes to pre 9th October system.

  1. Order of Practical Driving Assessment and Hazard Perception Test will change 
  2. Minimum 50 supervised and recorded hours will be required to be eligible to sit for PDA
  3. Additional five supervised night hours are also compulsory
  4. Applicants 25 years of age or older will be exempted from logbook requirement
  5. Minimum age to attempt Hazard Perception Test is 16 years and six months
  6. Minimum age to be eligible to sit a Practical Driving Assessment is 17 years of age
  7. Minimum of six months since the learner’s permit was issued will qualify you to attempt HPT and PDA
  8. Those who never had a logbook (if permit was issued before November 2012) have to comply with new rules
  9. No changes for applicants applying for R-N (moped) licence

New Rules

Are the new rules going to benefit the existing learner’s permit holders?

What about the learners without a logbook who are under 25 years of age?

How will the new rules improve safety if the logged hours don’t require any verification?

Will an applicant be able to make a PDA booking even if they haven’t passed the HPT?

Some of the common questions asked about new rules commencing from 9th October 2017

From Monday 9 October 2017

  • Existing applicants will automatically transfer to the new requirements, regardless of their circumstances. For any eligible driving test candidate who does a PDA on or after 9th October 2017, the new rules will apply
  • Existing permit holders will continue to use the pre-PDA and post-PDA sections of the old logbook to record a minimum of 50 supervised hours. In addition, a declaration of recorded five night hours (Form E49) must accompany the old logbook on the day of Practical Driving Test if they are under 25 years of age
  • The minimum 50 supervised lessons plus the five supervised night driving lessons can be logged and signed by non-professional supervisors such as parents or friends. There is no mandatory requirement to hire a professional driving instructor to do any number of supervised lessons. These new rules will not necessarily improve the safety or enhance the level of skill and improve the efficiency of driver training
  • It’s the responsibility of the applicant to pass the Hazard Perception Test before the date of Practical Driving Assessment. PDA can be booked before the HPT is successfully completed. Note, Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) is conditional upon successful completion of Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

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