If you’ve ever spotted a learner driver in a Lamborghini, you might be wondering if it’s legal. Well, it depends on where you are in Australia. Each state has its own rules and regulations for learner drivers, including the types of vehicles they are allowed to drive, speed limits, and passenger restrictions.
In Victoria, learners have no restrictions on the types of vehicles they can drive. They must display L-plates, have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), and carry their permit at all times. Learners can carry passengers, but only if the learner and supervising driver agree that the passengers won’t be a distraction. Learners in Victoria cannot tow any vehicles.
Similarly, in New South Wales, learners can drive any car as long as it’s registered, insured, and roadworthy. They must display L-plates, have a zero BAC, and not use any mobile phone devices. Learners can carry passengers, provided they wear seat belts or are in proper child restraints. Learners in NSW cannot tow vehicles and must never drive above 90km/h.
In Queensland, learners can drive any registered, insured, and roadworthy car, wearing L-plates, and with zero BAC. Learners can carry passengers, and they can tow a caravan, trailer, or other vehicle as long as they have the appropriate L-plates. Learners in Queensland can drive at or below the posted speed limit.
In the Australian Capital Territory, learners can start driving as young as 15 years and nine months old. Learners must have L-plates, have a zero BAC, and not use any mobile devices while driving. Learners in the ACT can carry passengers and tow a trailer with a GVM that doesn’t exceed 750kg. Learners can drive up to the posted speed limit.
Western Australia has no restrictions on the types of cars learners can drive, as long as they’re under 4500kg and for up to 12 adults, including the driver. Learners must display L-plates, have a zero BAC, and carry their permit at all times. Learners can carry passengers and tow a trailer that’s in accordance with their permit. Learners in WA can drive up to 100km/h.
Regardless of the state, supervising drivers must have a current and valid driver’s license, and their BAC must be under 0.05. Learners must also complete a set number of supervised hours before they can apply for their provisional license.
It’s important to remember that the laws can change, and it’s always best to check with your local authorities to ensure you’re following the correct rules and regulations. So next time you spot a learner driver in a high-performance vehicle, don’t assume it’s illegal – they may just be following the rules of their state.