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.