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Ensuring the safety of drivers and other road users is a top priority for the ACT Government. We're committed to achieving Vision Zero, and realising the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on ACT roads.

This is part of an ongoing conversation with the community, while making sure that we’re both listening to the experts and realising practical road safety measures for, and together with, the Canberra community.

From 17 October to 14 November, the community had the opportunity to read the Community Feedback Discussion Paper and email feedback about the new reforms to help protect young drivers and bring us into line with other states. The Discussion Paper included amended proposals to L and P plater laws informed by extensive consultation earlier in the year.

Planned changes include:

  • Increasing minimum learning hours and the minimum learner period
  • Introducing Hazard Perception Testing
  • Reducing the demerit point threshold to 4 points in 3 years
  • Introducing P1 (for 12 months) and P2 (for two years) to stage restrictions
  • Implementing full mobile phone interaction ban for novice drivers
  • Introducing late night passenger restrictions for P1 drivers only

During the initial stage of consultation, from 3 April to 22 June 2018, about the proposed changes, we:

  • received community feedback from an online survey with 4,300 responses, phone survey, face-to-face discussions and a Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
  • held conversations with young people during Youth Week
  • received input from driving instructors and industry representatives

The largest proportion of responses were from young people, with almost 60 per cent of survey respondents aged 16-25 years.

The community has provided significant feedback about the impact some proposed measures may have on the social and work lives of young people.

We are looking at:

The ACT's Graduated Licensing Scheme has fallen behind best practice, and lags behind other jurisdictions. The ACT Government is proposing these important steps to catch up, and to implement changes that will contribute to the realisation of Vision Zero, which means zero deaths or serious injuries on ACT Roads.

Young and novice drivers are disproportionately represented in casualty crashes in the ACT. Provisional drivers represent only 6.5 per cent of all active car licence holders, but accounted for 14.3 per cent of drivers involved in fatal accidents in the five year period between 2011-15.

The involvement of 17 year old ACT drivers in casualty crashes is almost three times their proportion of the licenced population. Preliminary assessment of crash data from 2017 demonstrates that young and provisional drivers are again significantly overrepresented in fatal and injury crashes. In 2017, there were five fatal crashes and 751 injury crashes. Of those five fatal crashes, two involved provisional drivers, aged 19 and 20 years, and one involved a 22 year old provisional motorcyclist.

The proposed measures align with most components of the top level model within the Transport and Infrastructure Council endorsed Australian Graduated Licensing Scheme Policy Framework (the national framework). The intention of the national framework is to encourage and guide improvements to road safety outcomes in all states and territories. Most states and territories have implemented components of the national framework that meet the “standard”, “enhanced”, or “exemplar” models. The ACT does not currently meet the ‘standard’ model.

Changes introduced will only apply to drivers that have not yet entered that stage of the licensing system upon commencement of the new system. Changes will not be retrospectively applied.

Your views are being used to:

Your feedback is helping to inform the changes to the ACT Graduated Licensing Scheme.

FAQs

P1 & P2

Hazard Perception Testing

Mobile ban

Demerit Points

Midnight to 5AM

Learning hours