Don’t forget changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme start soon


Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon today reminded new drivers that important changes to the state’s Graduated Licensing Scheme will come into effect on Monday 20 November.

The NSW licensing system for young drivers is already one of the safest in the world and these changes will help improve the way the scheme prepares novice drivers to be safe on our roads.

“While we’ve seen a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads since the introduction of the Graduated Licensing Scheme back in 2000, we believe more can be done to save young lives.”

“Young drivers are still over-represented in road crashes. Although P-platers only hold eight per cent of all driver licences in NSW, they make up 15 per cent of all fatalities.”

“We want to ensure novice drivers are equipped with the skills and experience they need before they start to drive unaccompanied – which is what these changes aim to do.” 

“From next Monday young drivers will see changes to the scheme which aim to help keep them safer as they develop their driving skills,” Mr Carlon said.

The changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme mean:

  • Learner drivers will have to complete the Hazard Perception Test before they can take the driving test; 
  • P1 drivers will no longer have to complete the Hazard Perception Test to get their P2 licence; and 
  • The Driver Qualification Test has been removed for P2 Drivers and in its place P2 drivers will have to stay on their licence for an extra 6 months if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behaviour. 

Existing learner, P1 and P2 licence holders will be subject to transitional arrangements.

To find out more about the changes and how they affect you, or someone you know, visit