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Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates

– regulation 55 of the Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009

Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates is a traffic offence that may be charged against a person who fails to have a “P” plate displayed on his/her vehicle when he/she holds a probationary driver’s licence.
The defence typically used against a charge of Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates is factual dispute.
 
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
Probationary Driver – No “P” Plates is a summary offence and so will be heard at the Magistrates’ Court. There is a maximum penalty of 3 penalty units (fine) for anyone found guilty of this charge.
 
ROAD SAFETY (DRIVERS) REGULATIONS 2009

Probationary drivers must have “P” plates

Reg. 55. Probationary drivers must have “P” plates

  1. A person who holds a probationary driver licence or a driver licence issued on a probationary basis in another jurisdiction must not drive a motor vehicle (other than a tractor) on a highway unless—

    1. an appropriate P plate is displayed facing out from the rear of the vehicle so that the letter “P” is clearly visible and the colour of the plate is distinguishable from a distance of 20 metres behind the vehicle; and
       
    2. in the case of a vehicle other than a motor cycle, an appropriate P plate is displayed facing out from the front of the vehicle so that the letter “P” is clearly visible and the colour of the plate is distinguishable from a distance of 20 metres ahead of the vehicle.
What the Prosecution must prove
  1. The accused was a probationary driver.
  2. The accused drove a motor vehicle that was not a tractor on a highway.
  3. The accused drove the vehicle without a “P” plate conspicuously displayed.

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